05/01/2012 11:03 am ET

Terminally Ill Belly Dancer Chooses Own Path In Cancer Fight

Rather than give up after learning last August that her adrenal cancer had returned and that she likely had only a few months to live, Sigi Nissimov used the opportunity to regain control of her life.

With radiation out of the question due to the extent of her tumors, specialists suggested Nissimov consider exploratory surgery and more rounds of chemotherapy -- although neither option was considered curative. At best, the treatments might extend her life by a few months, doctors told her.