Mariel Vrtis

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Minnesota
Cancer: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Written by Mariel Vrtis

"To all those who have been newly diagnosed and those who continue to fight, I want to say at first everything looks black and there is a lot of fear but faith in God and positivity are the main ingredients to beat that friend called cancer who, in a strange way, comes into our lives to transform us into better human beings."

At 27, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I went to surgery and my therapies (neck cleaning and my thyroid was removed) were long and painful, but I was still had a positive attitude. Three months later I was diagnosed with a stage II B Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of my tumors was located in the middle of the lungs and my heart, therefore the treatment had to be very aggressive – red chemotherapy and radiation. My world collapsed. In the midst of the chaos and prayers of many people, God came into my life and gave me the peace and strength to face my greatest fear with courage. To all those who have been newly diagnosed and those who continue to fight, I want to say at first everything looks black and there is a lot of fear but faith in God and positivity are the main ingredients to beat that friend called cancer who, in a strange way, comes into our lives to transform us into better human beings. Today I am still in remission and I understand that I live a borrowed life and that every day is a gift from God.