I CAN-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy shares the inspiring story of Monya Williams, a woman of indefatigable optimism, who survived sexual, physical, and mental abuse as a child. Living with the wounds and the attendant loss of her childhood innocence, she faced struggles in her relationships and bouts of deep depression in later years. Then, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer and permanent partial facial paralysis, she endured more than thirty surgeries over a six-year span. In the pages of I CAN-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy, she tells her story for the first time. This unflinchingly candid narrative provides the details of a traumatic journey and its daily struggles that end, not in despair and surrender, but in true happiness and joy. This book reveals how one woman who chose to change the plot of her life's story from a horrific "once upon a time" beginning to an inspiring "happily ever after" ending.
Fighting back tears, trying once again to be brave--I think I've finally gotten to a point where I am ready to say "why?" I've done all Dr. Kreymerman, Dr. Magtibay, Dr. Northfelt and now Dr. Barr's have asked of me. I've lived a life worthy of feeling joy. I know my tears are not meant as a sense of surrendering but I'm tired; this pain is not going away. I'm not talking about the physical pain, this pain comes from deep within me--it makes me question everything I know to be true; everything I have taught my children to live by. I believe there are times when life throws us into trials that are unexpected, for me it's at those times I've been forced to face some deep agonizing decisions. It is during those times I've have to dig deep and decide if the pain is worth it. Life has truly given me disappointments and hard circumstances. I've been forced my entire life to stand up, be courageous, put on my big girl panties and move on. Today, I'm not there--I just want to cry and I deserve to cry until every drop has left my body.
Monya Williams is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother of six, who has worked as an entrepreneur, traveled the world, and blogged on the Web. In the book Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy she is featured in one of the chapters as a woman who serves others daily through acts of kindness. She is a motivational speaker, teaching about inner beauty, living joyfully, overcoming fear, and celebrating both failures and successes. She is a native of Arizona and enjoys running, cycling, yoga, and volleyball.