Meet Ali Nedved
"Survivorship is much more than a word that explains my success, it embodies the journey that I have faced."
For most people, surviving is not thought of as an everyday action but merely an idea within a length of time. For those fighting for their lives, surviving through the day is all that is pondered on. As I took on chemotherapy each day, I was surviving with the thought that survival may not be attainable for me tomorrow. My thankfulness and willfulness to live increased exponentially. I wanted to live; with each waking hour I fought with insurmountable effort to keep my life as did the rest of the children I encountered on my journey. Survivorship means strength. Even through adversity, my mindset remained optimistic and I feel as if this mindset is crucial in maintaining sanity. I would wake up everyday and tell myself that I will overcome whatever is thrown my way. Even when I was faced with anaphylactic shock I was not going to be discouraged. Survivorship embodies all of the aspirations, goals, and desires that helped me survive. Survivorship means hardships. Survivorship is a realization.
I started this essay with an anecdote of my very first encounter with prominent adversity; when I reflect on the moment that I was diagnosed with cancer, I see all of the emotions that make me proud to be a survivor. Those emotions alone define survivorship. As a survivor, you set the precedence for those fighting for their lives; you are the hope that they seek to find. Survivorship is much more than a word that explains my success, it embodies the journey that I have faced, both the good and the bad, that has shaped me into the woman I am.