I don’t want to go through cancer again. But the unpaid bills continue to pile up; the deadlines at work are unrelenting. My solution? A personal mantra: I can’t control anything in my life but my own attitude. So come what may each day, I shed the stress. Now I don’t wish for an illness to put the brakes on a life going downhill; I apply those brakes myself, in a proactive, positive way, via Reiki and meditation. Ultimately, I can’t prevent cancer from coming back; but neither do I have to invite it in. I’m healthier and more relaxed than I was 5 years ago; and these days, cancer is going to have to fight much, much harder to get a foothold.