Life has an incredible way of taking us through unexpected twists and turns. My name is Sharon, and my journey has been a testament to the strength that resides within us when faced with challenges we never saw coming. It all began on a seemingly routine day in October of 2021, when a medical procedure was meant to be the focus. Little did I know that this would mark the beginning of a battle against a rare form of cancer. I was 26 years old at the time, a proud mother of two precious children, wife to my amazing husband, and the eldest of eight siblings. Life was busy, but my family was my rock. But life had other plans for me. The procedure took an unexpected turn, and I woke up on a ventilator in the ICU. I thought that was the scariest moment of my life until more challenges emerged. Chronic pain left me unable to walk, play with my young son, or even hold my newborn daughter. Countless hospital visits followed, and it was then that I met a doctor who uttered words that shook me to my core: “Not all the results are back, but some suggest you have lymphoma cancer.” The diagnosis was a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma. My journey through six rounds of chemotherapy was marked by both physical and emotional hurdles. Yet, I emerged in remission, a fighter who refused to let cancer define me. A year passed, but then came the news I dreaded – a relapse. Once again, I faced this battle head-on, with a new plan and the hope of a bone marrow transplant in hopes of curing this ugly disease.
Trip to a cabin in Maine with her family