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Hi I'm Joy

I love to dance. I love to write. I'm a teenage cancer survivor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was fourteen, I was diagnosed with leukemia, but with the help of the Lord and my family I was able to beat it. Now I am a college student studying English. My lifelong goal is to write a fantasy novel. I love to dance: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, you name it! I love the color purple.

Why I am a Mormon

During my cancer treatment was when I really came to know Christ as my savior. I went through many hard and painful things and really only found peace in Him and in the gospel. My family was always close and took some of the burden. My church family too, helped us to get through this trial. I felt his presence, saw many miracles, and learned lessons that will never leave me. I'm a Mormon. I live it and I love it! This is a poem I wrote about my cancer experience: One Cell Are you kidding me? One cell That’s what the doctor said. One tiny mutation, One little change, And my whole life’s gone awry. One cell Took my hair, Made me need glasses, And forced me to spend-I don’t remember how long in the hospital. One cell Gave me back pain, Brought me to the brink of hopelessness, And made me so weak I couldn’t even walk up the stairs to my bedroom. One cell Put my life on hold, Made everyone a danger to me, And took away my biggest dream, to dance on pointe. But one cell also Made me see the importance of my family, The love I have for my siblings, And the great friend I have in my mom. One cell also Helped me find true friendship, Made me appreciate each new day, And gave me drive to follow my dreams and never give up. One cell Brought me to my knees, Helped me know my savior Jesus Christ, And see the light and joy in his plan for my life. One cell - A blessing and a curse. One cell - Despair and new hope. I thank my Father in Heaven that I am still here, But I pray that you never understand What I had to feel Because of one cell.

How I live my faith

Perhaps you've seen our missionaries out on the street. Well, I'm preparing to serve a mission. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is such a blessing to me, it is one of the joys of my life and I want other people to have the chance to feel that joy too.