She Beat Cancer Twice. And That’s Not The Unbelievable Part. Not Even Close.

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Melissa Smith beat aggressive cancer. Twice. Only a few weeks ago, she could still walk. Then, something happened that NO ONE saw coming… and resulted in her paralysis. But that’s not the most shocking part of this story.

Melissa didn’t just beat cancer – she beat cancer twice. That’s why, when she began feeling strange sensations in her legs, she tried not to panic.

Only a few days after feeling those tingles, she collapsed without warning. She felt like she was on fire. After going to the doctor, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.

Within 3 weeks, she was completely paralyzed from the waist down because of the disease. Aside from some physical therapy, nothing could be done to help her. She was just paralyzed. Melissa was kicked out of nursing school due to limited mobility.

She was drowning in debt because of her medical bills and still frightened about what would happen. Adjusting to life without the use of her legs was terrifying. But then, something amazing happened. An online community at joined together to show Melissa people cared about her and wanted her to get better.

They formed a charity online for her, to help her pay for the bills that were draining her accounts and save money for any treatment she could receive. To date, nearly $400,000 has been donated to Melissa’s cause.

Melissa was overwhelmed with gratitude. “I am so thankful and feel so blessed, so lucky, so loved and so honored that they chose me and believe in me so much,” she said. “That’s what means so much to me, everyone has so much faith in me and its helping me find a little more faith In myself that I lost a little bit the last 18 months or so.”

No matter what happens in life, it’s never worth giving up.

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