Courage Can Change Everything

By Dalton Levine

Tuesday, Jun 21 2016

Dalton Courage Is

When one approaches a situation with courage, anything is possible.

Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” It’s OK to be scared of what is going to happen -- I sure was when I found out I had cancer. But when you apply courage, it gets a lot easier.

When I was first diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma, I didn't know what was going to happen. Cancer is so scary, and you never know what will come next. Fortunately, my oncologists at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dr. Carrye Cost and Dr. Daniel Ridsdale, came up with a plan, and with much support I knew I could get through my treatment.

Those who surround you can help, but the rest is up to you. It took a lot of courage to go through three surgeries, more than 20 rounds of chemo, and a Flight for Life where I almost died, but I did it, and I will continue to fight. I will never give up.  

There are so many hard days, but so many rewarding ones as well. I have learned that you should never take anything for granted and live every day like it could be your last. It’s the positive moments and memories that will get you through each day. There will always be something to fight for, and it is incredible what you can achieve when you have courage.

Courage to me is looking at what is presented to you, no matter the difficulty, and attacking it head on.

Comments

You are an inspiration to all of us! I love you!💚💚💚
Posted by Cousin Stacey on July 7, 2016
Dalton, the I am a friend of Laura Laney Welch who led me to your site. When I was diagnosed I found the book, Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do and it was my bible. Blessings to you! Keep up the good work.
Posted by Teege on July 1, 2016
I've watched you live this from practically the minute you were diagnosed. So proud of your fight and determination, as well as all you've accomplished throughout this battle!
Posted by Laura on June 30, 2016
Dalton, you are strong and courageous- we are behind you!
Posted by Ashley on June 29, 2016
You are fierce, strong & courageous every minute of every day. I am so proud of you.
Posted by Godmom Lisa on June 23, 2016
Dalton- You inspire me every single day! I am honored to know you and am forever believing!
Posted by Joanna on June 21, 2016
What an amazing attitude! This guy is soooo cool and I'm so proud of you!
Posted by Flori on June 21, 2016
You are My Courage, You are My Hero.. Always Believing Strong for You and All the Warriors.. Love You Dalton with All my Heart.💚💕💛
Posted by Mom on June 21, 2016

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