I’ve learned that no one in life is invincible. After battling cancer three times since age 29, I decided to never give up. I’m not a cancer fighter, I’m a cancer conqueror! Your strength is in your faith. Whatever your religion or belief system is, turn to that. That’s what I did when I dealt with cancer and again when I lost several family members back-to-back. All this loss and pain sent me through the deepest and darkest valley.
I tell people don’t pity me, pray for me. I needed people to encourage me. Working at Kaiser Permanente, I talk to people all day long. When they get a diagnosis, I tell them, 'It’s going to get better.' I urge them to get a support group that will encourage them. That’s the only thing that helped me. I had to realize that no one goes through life without losing. You cry, and you know you’ve dealt with it when you can talk about it.
Felicia Conwell, customer service coordinator and labor sponsor, UFCW Local 1996 (Georgia)