By Cancer Hope Network Volunteer, Robin Adams.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” Stuart Scott

The New Year always brings us hope and a renewed outlook on our lives if only for a moment. This year will bring us hope, success, and new friendships but most of all, will help move us forward in our quest to live life to its fullest.

Some may have heard of the passing of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott and his long journey of the “c” disease. He added to what I try to remind myself of daily since my original cancer fight in 1989 – grab the golden handle of life and swing baby, swing from it.

People ask me all the time how I find the strength to stay positive with all I have had to experience (ovarian and facial cancer). Should I say “oh it has been a piece of cake.” Well my friends that is not true. I, like everyone else, had a choice…a choice on my outlook and about myself.

I frequently hear my friends and acquaintances say when they are struggling with something significant in their life, “Well everyone isn’t like you with your positive attitude.” No, everyone is not like me, or you for that matter; however, if I can share my experiences and my love for living, how lucky am I?

So for everyone reading this; you have moved forward and hopefully have found new friends who support and care for you more than you ever knew existed before your disease.

How lucky we are to live today and swing from our own golden handle. Have fun this year even if it is for just one moment every day. You will be surprised how fantastic you will feel and how others will want to join in on your fun!

Happy New Year my dear friends.