In June 2012, I was set to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. As the commander of an Army unit, I was responsible for ensuring my soldiers were ready. I myself was prepared, as I had been for every deployment. And then came the one thing I couldn't prepare for: cancer.
As a freelancer, you have to be your own advocate. That means knowing when to demand compensation, when to work for free to further your cause, and when to stand by your original words. Keep your heart and action toward why you started writing in the first place and you'll be able to find a balance.
Cancer survivors often tell us there are many debilitating emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis such as, depression, anxiety and fear of occurrence. By advocating for themselves, survivors feel more empowered to live their best life. Cancer becomes their 'wake-up' call and it's not unusual to see a cancer survivor who has changed the direction of their lives by improving relationships, volunteering, embarking on a new career or pursuing their dreams.