Last year when Kieran and I were working on writing her story, she received some amazing news that she was free from cancer. She explained to me how much relief that news brought to her and she wanted even more to encourage others to keep fighting their battles, whatever they might be. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been when she found out the cancer was back. But still, she fought hard and shared many smiles and positive messages with the world.
When I heard that she had passed away, I was overcome with sadness and I want to send so much love to all her family and friends. Kieran's soul lights up the world. In memory of Kieran, I want to share some of the things she wrote that weren't included in the previous story...
"I have learned so much from this experience! I knew nothing about my body before I was diagnosed. I learned things about myself that I had no idea about. I've also found that I have matured enormously. I care so much about my body and living a healthy life style and how to deal with things. But the biggest thing I've learned is to never ever give up and to always stay positive! No matter how scared, worried or sad you are, just smile! I've learned to always tell myself that I'm going to be okay and to always look at the bright side of everything. It made this whole experience that much easier.
Before I was diagnosed, my passion was to figure skate. I had been figure skating since I learnt to walk and that's what I loved to do. If I was having a bad day, I could go out on the ice and find myself and I would leave all my worries or frustrations at home and just skate. I'd come off in the happiest mood. I also danced. My favourite was ballet and it helped my skating technique. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to skate anymore with my new hip. It's too risky if I were to fall it could leave some painful damage. So please, never give up on your dreams. One day you could not have the chance to take them on anymore.
What I've found helpful while going through this is music. Music always puts me in a better mood. If it weren't for my iPhone, I don't know what I'd do. I don't know what it is, but music made me feel so much better. I truly believe what Bob Marley said "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain". Another thing I've found helpful is always having someone there. Whether it was just to talk, or hangout and watch a movie... Having someone there gave me that extra little bit of comfort."
To anyone fighting cancer right now, keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. You're almost there, don't look back! Never give up because I have faith in every single one of you. Keep smiling :)-Kieran
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