Just hearing the work cancer gives those a since of fear. I have seen first hand what this disease can do to a persons life. When I read this article about Rioh OíConnor I was deeply touched. Just reading about his persiverence is encouraging for me to over come challenges I face in my life. If you donít know about mesothelioma. It is a cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity. This form of cancer makes up approximately one-fifth to one-third of the total number of mesothelioma cases diagnosed. Now what is intriging about Rioh is he outlived his prognosis by over six years. He did so by getting information about his condition from libraries patients and clincs. He learned everything he could and came up with his own plan to fight his incurable disease. If I was to be faced with a disease such as cancer I would look up Rioh OíConnor for inspiration. To me he is the apitamy of motivation and dedication. I would not lose hope knowing my life was in jeopardy but instead learn to deal with the illness. I would research people who had the same cancer as me and see what types of treatments they partaked in and choose the one that showed the results. I also would start living a healthier life style which meant wating right and starting a daily excersice routine. I believe in doing so I would beable to live longer and get have a chance to also live my life. One important idea I think this article tells me is if you give up in your mind you already lost. Now from my past experineces I have one that changed my life. And thatís the whole reason im participating in this shcolarship. And that reason is my mother was struck by breast cancer. I was around 14 years old when it happen and didnít know what to do. I felt as if my world had suddenly fell apart. Come know the person most dearest to me had suddenly been told her life was about to end due to a disease that there was no cure for. I saw how it was eating her up inside. She wasnít her cheerful self anymore and kimo thearapy wasnít helping out at all. The only thing kimo did was make her lose her hair and make her tired al the time. I tried praying for her and doing anything I could to cheer her up but it was no use. I soon came to the conclusion that my mom was gonna pass away and there was nothing I could do. So I spent as much time as I could with her and made the most of the lil time I had left with her. Than one school morning I woke up hearing my sister crying. I already knew what it was about and I got out of bed feeling cold with the thought that I would have to face my life without the person who took care of me since I was a infant. I wanted to cry my eyes out but I didnít instead I knew I had to be strong and become a man. And the one thing I want to acomplish more than anyother in my life is become a successful person who finished school and got a great carrer. That was what my mom wanted and thatís is my number one goal to this very day! I feel even when there seems to be no hope you still have to give it your all. The world never stops turning and time also keeps ticking. If you want to live a good life most of the time its gonna take hard work and sacrifice. Rioh is an example of how hard work pays off and how a person can look death in the face and still keep a postitve attitude. So whether your faced with a life threatening disease or faced with fincial problems remember one thing and that is if you do anything in your power to make the most out of your problems there is always a solution. Oh and if you want to read more about Rioh OíConnor you can browse this website www.survivngmesothelioma.com .