I was diagnosed with having chondrosarcoma at the radius in 2009. I was 34 years old back then, with a loving husband and two kids, and a stable career. My husband and I had been married for five years and we had a smooth relationship. We had one little boy and one little girl, their ages were two years apart and their personalities were so different from each other but I loved taking care of them both. I worked as a preschool teacher. I loved teaching little kids. Whenever I was with them, I felt like a kid again and I actually discover a lot more things each time I taught them our lessons. So, I guess you could say that I was living my not so perfect but very happy and fulfilled life to the fullest.
It started when I felt sharp pains in my arms. I went to the doctor who advised me to get an x-ray done. He was not satisfied with the result and asked an MRI procedure. When the results were out, the doctor said they found some masses in my arms and referred me to a specialist. The specialist doctor was the one who explained to me what those masses meant. I felt like my world was crumbling. I thought about my husband and my children. My children were so young to have a dying or a crippled mom. I thought about my students who were eagerly waiting for me to come back and resume our lessons. I just cannot bear the thought of leaving them all behind.
That was when I realized that I should not give up. My husband supported me all the way. I underwent therapy and medication to relieve the pain. I can say that I am in a better condition now and I thank God for giving me another chance at life. I always do the happy dance (while I still can) to pay tribute to our God who is the best doctor and healer.