Since my diagnosis, I’ve joined the online community, IHadCancer.com, and published my tell-all book, “I Kicked Cancer’s Ass!” to motivate cancer patients to keep fighting. Here are some helpful habits:

1. Think positive 

This is very important on a daily basis. Speak and declare victory into your life.

2. Be grateful

Accept each day as a gift from God and make a conscious effort to be grateful for everything in your life—no matter what challenges you’re facing.

3. Stay strong

Focus on fighting for those around you and for those who did not survive. Do not give up.

4. Be your own advocate

Medical marijuana can help during your cancer battle. It helps to relieve nausea, headaches, stress, anxiety, appetite and sleeplessness. Medical marijuana can indefinitely replace medications that are expensive and in pill form.

5. Eat healthy and go organic 

Consuming fruits, veggies and dairy that are contaminated with pesticides can harm you. Nourish your body properly, from the inside out.

6. Drink plenty of lemon water

Staying hydrated is vital. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of lemon water a day. (The benefits of lemon are amazing.)

7. Get plenty of rest

Adequate sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle: eight hours of sleep every night is recommended. Stick to it.

8. Germ-free is the way to be

Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times and stay away from people who are sick. Be mindful of what you touch when in public places, as well.

9. Eliminate stress

Worrying about things will eventually take a toll on your body. Meditation is a good way to help clear your thoughts.

10. Seek support

You will need help and words of encouragement during treatments and recovery. Keep a handful of loved ones by your side who can pick you up when you’re feeling down.

11. Exercise

Walking and stretching is very important for the body. Lying around in a hospital bed most of the day will weaken your muscles. Get up and keep that blood pumping.

12. Power of prayer

Keep your faith alive and know that any obstacle you are facing will pass. “With his stripes we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5

13. Enjoy life

Although you’re battling cancer, remember that you have a second chance at life. Take vacations, make memories and do what makes you happy.