I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. After consultation with my surgeon and Oncologist, and because one lymph node was compromised, I was recommended for Chemo. I believe that my children at home and my students kept me fighting despite chemo and the effects. I continued to work and decided that cancer would not take the center stage of my life. I kept going I am now happy to say that my oncologist has declared me cancer free! I discovered the John Wayne Cancer Foundation while I was in Chemotherapy and the stories and memes gave me strength and courage to continue fighting. I am a great fan of John Wayne. My favorite movies are, The â€˜Quiet Manâ€™ and â€˜The Searchersâ€™. What John Wayne stood for in his life and his work, was an inspiration to me personally and professionally, to live life with passion and integrity!