My name is Meghan. I am 28 years old, married to my wonderful husband, Tony and I am a cancer survivor. When I was six years old I was diagnosed with an Ewing’s Sarcoma on my spine. As a child, this reality was not something fully understood. The diagnosis meant nothing to me at the time. It wasn’t until I witnessed the reactions of my parents, that a glimpse of understanding crossed my mind. They were devastated. Over the next year I would visit Baystate Medical Center for rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries, and countless other treatments. Eventually, I was considered cured. As an adult, I do have some side effects that continue to impact my life. At times, these limitations can seem like a nuisance, but they are not. I survived. The key to my victory over cancer and obstacles in between has been a positive attitude.
In 1997, I met Cory. We met during the Children’s Miracle Network telethon. We immediately formed a bond. We were both children that had experienced very challenging situations. We understood what it was like to be sick, to fight, and most importantly, stay positive. Cory always had a smile on his face, no matter the circumstance. This characteristic was contagious. Cory and I remained close, and in contact often since our first meeting. I was eventually considered cured of my sickness, while Cory continued to fight.
Over the years Cory experienced numerous challenging circumstances. Some may suspect he would have lost his most significant quality. He did not. Cory remained positive every second of every day. In one of our last talks, Cory mentioned how some have asked him how he stays positive while enduring so much pain. I remember him saying, “Because we just do, there is no other choice.” A simple statement that can change your life. Cory was right. My journey was not Cory’s, and his not mine. I will not experience your journey, but a bit of advice I have received from a friend… Stay positive, there is no other choice.