Ashley S. Morgan

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Texas
Cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Written by Ashley Morgan

"I personally believe that my positivity and optimism are the reasons I'm still here today."

I remember being told after my stem-cell transplant that I wouldn’t feel up to returning to work any time soon, and that in the first year post-transplant I wouldn’t have very much energy. I was 22 at the time, and I was determined to prove everyone wrong. I returned to work at a restaurant as a hostess for the first couple weeks, and then within eight weeks post-transplant I hiked two miles to see a waterfall with my boyfriend (now husband.) A couple months after that hike, my boyfriend and I took a cross-country road-trip and visited several national parks along the way, and at Grand Tetons National Park he proposed. When facing cancer, keep a positive outlook. It is the best tool you can have. No, it can’t change an outcome, but it can change how you handle the outcome. I personally believe that my positivity and optimism are the reasons I’m still here today. The only option I ever saw was to keep pressing on.