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Me and the Girls: Zunilda Guzman


"The house is not good," she says. "Being home and that couch and just feeling bad -- no, that's not good. Get out. Go out. Why can't you do things? Why? OK, you're going to feel sick one day from chemo. Fine, but get up, go out. It doesn't matter."

At the gym, she's heard pity from women in the locker room who notice her condition. Guzman sets them straight, saying, "I'm alive and that's what counts."

But of course, having cancer has been hard. Very hard.

"It gets real tough," Guzman says. "Chemo is tough, and looking at myself in the mirror every day is very, very tough, especially that scar across the chest and [having] hardly [any] hair."

"But you know what?" Guzman asks. "I looked to the side and I saw my family and I saw my daughter -- my number one. And whoever has kids, it doesn't matter. Look that you have life. You get up every morning and you say, 'I have a life and today is a good day.' And that's what you have to give thanks to God every day for.... and have lots of faith in God, that he is always listening."

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Reviewed on September 18, 2009

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