By Maddy Roman

Hi! My name is Maddy and I am 16 years old. After a year of excruciating pain and misdiagnoses, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, on February 2nd, 2018. This year has been rough (to say the least), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Throughout this cancer journey, I have met the most wonderful souls and have learned so much about myself. This year has showed me my true friends and how strong I can be. This year has fully revealed my everlasting love for the Lord and how faith can move mountains. This journey has taught me to stay positive and to look up even when the stars aren’t shining.

Rally Kid Maddy before cancer treatment started.

Rally Kid Maddy before cancer treatment started.

2018 took away my hair, my scarless leg, my tan skin, and all the things I thought were beauty. 2018 also taught me you can be beautiful with kindness and love. The year showed me to be grateful for every day and to love the sound of my own breathing.

2018 taught me that bad days do not mean a bad life.

Maddy during treatment.

Maddy during treatment.

I am so incredibly ecstatic that I get to be here to see a new year. I hope 2019 brings clear scans and many more miracles. This will be the year I walk again, and I’m so excited to take my first steps. And I anticipate many more night in my own bed rather than a hospital one.

In the upcoming year, I want to keep the mindset that time flies, whether you’re having fun or not, so choose to have fun. I want to remember it is possible to chose peace over worry. I’m looking forward to getting back to cheerleading and going to school again. I am looking forward to every new day and opportunity. I can’t wait to learn new lessons and get the most out of life that I possibly can.




I hope this new year shows people that how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you, so be sure to love yourself well.  2019 will be a year to remember. It will be a good one because I choose to make it that way. I will continue to have a smile that never fades and to laugh, because laughter absorbs the blows of life. I’m thrilled to go into the new year with this new found perspective on everything. “La vie continue” (life goes on). I pray that you all have an amazing year and will be eternally happy!

~Maddy Roman