Bri Styla – Survivor Story
Hi, my name is Bri Styla and I am an ovarian cancer survivor. I hope my story encourages each one of you to know your body and the signs of ovarian cancer and to never lose faith along your journey back to health.
My journey began at the young age of 20. I am currently 28 years old and have been diagnosed 2 additional times. To understand my strength to fight, you first need to understand a little bit about me.
I am a very passionate, driven woman. No matter what life has dealt me, I achieve my dreams. Giving up is not an option. My biggest passion is to be a mother. I know (more than anything else in this world) I have been placed here to experience motherhood. With this being said, you can only imagine the heartbreak I felt when I heard the words “ovarian cancer”, my doctor so softly spoke.
Naturally, I isolated myself in emotion. Those words changed the very existence of my being. At my lowest moment I realized my diagnosis was defeating me. It was then I decided it was time to take my life back and not to let cancer win.
I hit the gym harder, I lived and loved harder, and pushed myself to new limits- physically and mentally. This lifestyle, this attitude and my will to live a healthy, fulfilling life, pulled me through the darkness of chemo and radiation and then again through remission for the second and third time.
Today, I am in remission and I continue to keep this outlook on life. I also continue to allow myself to have hope in achieving my biggest passion, motherhood. I’ve learned to lean on my family and friends and accept their support. At first I felt alone, and it was hard to reach out, but having gone through 3 diagnoses I know now, more than ever, we all need each other. We are all vulnerable and we all need help. We need to fight this disease together.
I hope my story has encouraged you to keep fighting, to never give up and to live life to the fullest. My last inspiring words to you “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”