This week, ESSENCE kicks off our #DareToBeYOU campaign. This initiative extends from the “Dare to Be You” feature in the October beauty issue, celebrating the unique beauty of real women. Each day, we will share stories from our readers who are living life fearlessly. To join in on the campaign, click here

I Dare To Be Me because I know this journey I’m on is meant ONLY FOR ME!

I am a 40 year old Cancer Soldier. I say soldier because I was called to this war because of my faith and inner strength! Many people hear the word cancer and the first thing that comes to mind is death, sickness, weakness, hospitals, surgeries and everything in between. I’ve had all of those things, minus the death, but the difference with me is when I heard the word cancer the first thing that came to my mind was FIGHT and that’s what I have been doing for the past 6 years. My husband of 13 years has never left my side and my now 11 year old son has been my motivation.

I try to be a testimony for others to let them know that through faith and determination ANY AND EVERYTHING is possible. My story is MY STORY but it is also someone else’s who needs that reassurance that there is hope and that is why I can DARE TO BE ME!