One does not overcome cancer or any other major obstacle without undergoing a profound change. While many perceive cancer as something that is negative, I believe my experience served as a mirror which enabled me to better see my qualities which were not so obvious to me before.

I’ve seen a great change in my values since the day I was first diagnosed with cancer. My close brush with death has allowed me to see life from a new perspective. My diagnosis had a positive impact on my life. When I first learned I had cancer, I was devastated since I realized that my dream of becoming a police officer would never come true. I then resolved to hold on to my dream no matter what. I was fortunate to have the support of my family, my friends and the medical personnel. They were outstanding. They all gave me strength and encouraged me not to give up. And when I told one of my friends that I could die, he said, “I’m happy it happened to you because you’re “Super Seb”. He then added, “I’m not even worried. I’m sure you’ll pull through!” This gave me the strength I needed to carry on. I later discovered an inner strength I never knew I had. This was a turning point in my life since I then began to believe that I had a fighting chance.

When faced with such a challenge, it’s easy to lose control and one’s moral strength. For me, my moral strength was my greatest asset. I drew strength from simple, but precious moments shared with loved ones and cherished every moment with them.

This period allowed me to discover that the values I previously used to feel were not as important are now key in my life.

I also learned that simple deeds may have a positive impact on others. Whether it’s paying someone a visit, making a phone call or simply taking the time to let those we hold dear know that we’re there for them. Small gestures have a greater impact than we can ever imagine.

As a result of all these steps that have helped me overcome cancer, I am today more open to life and I now see each day as a special gift from up above. That’s what I’ve learned from my disease. When I received my first chemotherapy treatment, a friend gave me a card which contained a sentence that I repeat to myself whenever I’m faced with a challenge, big or small: “Boldly ride out every storm for each one allows us to test the water tightness of our ship”.