Cancer can be devastating, or it can be a redefining moment in one’s life. For some it can be the catalyst to intentional living and redefining priorities. Is it ever too late to become the person you wanted to be? Author Barb Stanley chose to make cancer work for her. Instead of saying, “Why me,” Barb said, “Why not me?” She made a positive thing out of her diagnosis and used her cancer to motivate and inspire people, to educate, and to encourage others who suffer.
Barb Stanley was born and raised the town of Red Oak in rural Iowa. She relocated to the metropolitan Phoenix area in 1987. She has worked in the Catholic Church in various aspects and is currently teaching at a Catholic high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 2002. The following story tells how a cancer diagnosis changed her life—for the better. She hopes to inspire you.