“You can’t control some of the things that happen in your life, but you can control the way you look at them.”
Lina Miranda was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2001. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is the author of “DNA Moments”.
“2001, I was 21. After many visits to the ER for stomach pain, I was admitted overnight for a scope, as they wanted to rule out an ulcer. The scope found the tumor, and 2 weeks later I was in surgery and had 3/4 stomach removed. After surgery, I was staged as 3b.”
“I was so young and cut off guard. Cancer does not run in my family at all. All my genetic testing came back negative. 18 years ago, being female with stomach cancer was not common, it was hard to be told that it was very uncommon what I had, and made me question the survival sometimes.
The surgery and treatment were tough, the mental strain of having cancer is even tougher, your mind wants to go to dark places often and I had to fight to stay positive. Looking back though, having cancer was probably the best thing that could have happened to me, I transformed as a person, physically and mentally. I write about this transformation in my book DNA moments, pre-cancer Lina vs. Post Cancer Lina.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“Very simple: 3 things at the time.
1- I wanted to graduate university
2 – I wanted to get married
3- I wanted to be a mother.
I had a 1 in 5 chance of survival and I believed that I was the 1.”
“I don’t think I really had any major ones that are any different from anyone else with stomach cancer; but learning a new diet, learning to walk upright after surgery, fighting the incredible fatigue and nausea…..”
Message to other cancer patients
“Surround yourself with positivity; and belief. Know that it will be hard, treatments are rough, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and the other side will be a new you, a new life and a new appreciation for that life.”