This is me and my bald head on vacation in California. I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 2 1/2.
My parents made sure that my life was as normal as possible. One of my favorite comments that my parents said was Dawnya Kaye always mind your manners. They did not tell until later the story behind that saying. I was raised to be polite and say please and thank you.
My parents informed the adult me why growing up with good manners was so important to them. What happens if I survive my cancer, they did not want to have a little monster on their hands.
Every child in the rooms around me passed away during my initial treatment. I am grateful to be alive today and every day that follows.