My first ever job interview takes place tomorrow. I am so nervous, but I'm confident. Speaking at two schools has given me a bit of an ego boost to what I am capable of. I am so excited that I am finally getting my life together.
"At one point I was so far lost, and so far into that tunnel, that I swore there was no end."
I go back to school on Monday, I will hopefully have a job soon, and figuring out my future plans. It's amazing to see just how far I've come from last year. All I could think about was my treatment and what I was going to do next. Now, I think about what I'm going to study in college, where I'm going to work, and how much I'll need to save for my first car.
My freedom is finally back and at full blast! Let's all keep our fingers crossed that I get this job and continue on a successful path. I am living proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At one point I was so far lost, and so far into that tunnel, that I swore there was no end. I thought that would be my life forever. But I am lucky. I am a success story because there is a light at the end, and there is always a way out. Keep your head up. Good things are yet to come.
(February 24th, 2017 - Dakota speaking to 7th and 8th graders at Monongahela Middle School)