These past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. While it seems like everything is fine on the outsides, I’m slowly breaking down on the inside. Recently, a family friend of mine passed away from cancer. Her name was Riley and was only 17. It is crazy how this disease takes away the best people in the world. Riley has an interesting story because there could’ve been a chance to save her life. She was given the option to amputate her leg to try and stop the cancer from spreading but both Riley and her mom decided against it because she didn’t want to be “deformed”. During her final months in this world, she moved out of the hospital and decided to stay in the comfort of her home with family and friends surrounding her. Riley’s dad even allowed her boyfriend to propose to her in order to have that experience before she passed. She was such a strong fighter and didn’t want any one to know the pain she was going through. Makes you realize you have to look at each day in a positive attitude and see how lucky you truly are to still be alive. Here is a link our local news station wrote about her.