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How cancer has transformed my life


By Mayte Prida

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in stage three, advanced, when I was 38 years old. I had never imagined then that I could get such a diagnosis. At that time I was going through a number of difficult situations: I had recently divorced, I had moved to a new city with my two little kids, and my TV show had been unexpectedly cancelled. As a result, I was living on my savings and had lost my health insurance.

Having cancer is very difficult both from the physical and from the emotional point of view. I call it the bipolar disease because it is cruel, treacherous and cowardly. It grows inside our bodies without facing us and little by little steals our life from us, until we detect it. At times, detection comes too late. But on the other face of the coin you find the wonderful facet of cancer: all those human beings who show you the true meaning of love, compassion and generosity.

My first year of fight was difficult. It was the year of knocking doors, asking for help and of receiving one of the most important lessons in my life: learning to be humble, learning to ask for help, and learning to receive.

Cancer was an obstacle that brought about big blessings in my life through the transformation of adversity into the opportunity of spiritual growth. Through the suffering, pain, anguish and fear that come with cancer, I was able to find my mission in life and I grew as a human being. I have become more human, more compassionate, more understanding.

I have decided to use my voice to bring hope to those people who start their fight and who are going through all I went through.

When I realized that there was so little information in our Hispanic community about breast cancer, and that there were a lot of taboos, I decided to set up the Foundation that has my name, and whose goal is that of educating and providing practical information and the necessary tools to support all those who are going through the disease.

Fortunately, I have learned that love and compassion are the two qualities that move the world and are two marvelous qualities we all have, although sometimes we forget that they are there and that they exist.

Thanks to my suffering with cancer I realized that the human being is good from birth and that love is what rules humanity. Fighting against cancer has been a hard experience, but it has undoubtedly been one that has made me grow as a woman, mother, daughter, friend, mate, and lover and in general as a person. Cancer has helped me to blossom. It brought out the warrior that was asleep inside me and turned me into a fuller woman, more self-confident and more thankful for life.

The fight against cancer is not easy, but the way is full of blessings. We must find them.
Plenty of Light,