I Never Stopped Believing

 Post written by Cervical Cancer Survivor Dulcely Tavarez

My name is Dulcely.  I'm 23 years old and I am a cervical cancer survivor. 

Looking back at my journey - it really felt long, and very exhausting, but I'm happy to say that I conquered cancer.  

At first I was dealing with my diagnosis on my own. I didn't tell my partner, nor my family.  I was having a hard time dealing with it, and I could only imagine how much it would hurt them if  I told them about my cancer.  Ultimately I decided to tell them and the support and love they gave me was incredible - they never left my side.

Happy 4th Birthday

 Happy 4th Birthday A New Camino!!!

It took me about two years after I was declared cancer FREE to start this blog.  I wanted A New Camino to become a vehicle to connect with women that are looking for guidance, a point of reference, or just some words of hope. Today I am a 6 year 8 months survivor who has turned advocate for this disease with the vision that one day the world be cervical cancer FREE.

Unfortunately, I don't write as much as I would like to anymore - not because I don't care, but because somehow time escapes me these days - my life has kind of re-routed itself towards other endeavors.  I don't want you all to think that my readers or the information that I share on this blog are not important. Believe me-- YOU are!!!!
I just have decided to help people in another area of wellness. I spend my time helping people with their fitness and health goals, to help them become the person that they are meant to be.

My Cervical Cancer Journey VS. My Obesity Journey

So I have been asked on several occasions by people who have fought or are fighting cancer and by people who have fought or are fighting obesity  "which journey was harder to conquer - cancer or obesity?"  This question took me off guard since I never thought about it, but since then, I have been trying to look back to help me decide which journey was the hardest. So here is my view on this question as part of a series of posts I'll be writing for *Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

The truth is the both journeys were very hard for me, both of them brought their own challenges making me just want to give up at times -- If you want me to say that one is harder than the other "I can't." I cannot minimize one against the other. It will be like comparing apples to oranges.