I’ve taken on challenges that were scary—like when my husband and I sailed across Europe. I have never regretted doing that or anything that was scary.

And with this breast cancer, I have looked death in the face. After the chemo, I have no taste buds. I can’t feel my fingers and toes. You could put needles in my feet, and I wouldn’t feel them. But I have not given up.

I have figured out that the way to conquer fear is with forgiveness. Forgiveness is everything. I forgive everybody. I forgive the God that gave me this breast cancer. The secret is to have a loving spirit, to be grateful, and to have faith that everyone has infinite possibilities. It’s all a gift, every challenge, everything that is given you. Everyone is part of something bigger. That belief is what keeps me going.