Prior to my cancer battle, I had let external social factors restrict my view on what truly was valuable. Material possessions are great and owning them is not the restriction, but setting my self-worth around material things was the issue. Despite my mother’s best efforts, she had raised me to be humble when I was a child, however as an adult I had allowed myself to get caught up in other’s people view of what it meant to be happy. Cancer freed me from the confinement of labels and how I viewed my self-worth. In the mist of my cancer battle, it did not matter if I was wearing brand name sunglasses worth $300 or $20 non name brand or discounted sunglasses. As long as I was wearing a good pair of sunglasses that protected my eyes was all that mattered. When lying in bed, sick and dying, I realized that my life, self-worth and happiness was not defined by material things. Cancer made me realize that what truly mattered at that moment, was being with loved ones, and cherishing every second of life. I also came to the realization that we do not take anything with us when we pass on. God gave us the miracle of life and the privilege of having free will. Being at the brink of death made me realize that the true meaning in life is to embrace every moment, never take anything for granted, find joy, love, and happiness in everything we experience even in the toughest moments in life because we never know when our time will run out.