“Who says cancer and chemo have to get you down?”
That’s a question Ana-Alecia Ayala asked and answered by having a dance party in her hospital room. She posted to Instagram and Facebook a video of herself and her “chemo buddy,” Danielle Andrus, putting the “Juju on that chemo” as they danced to the song, “Juju On That Beat.”
Ayala, 32, was diagnosed in December of 2015 with a rare tumor in her uterus. It spread to her ovaries and into the lining of her stomach.
Weeks after the diagnosis, a surgery removed the majority of it. In July however, a new tumor popped up on her spleen, leading doctors to put her through a more aggressive chemo approach. This forced her to be in-patient for four days.
Ayala said as she continues her treatments, she hopes to inspire others to “not look at cancer as a death sentence and try to make the most of bad situations.”
“I also want to encourage cancer patients loved ones to step out of their comfort zones (as Danielle did for me) and be silly, have a dance party, be present in the moment and have a great time,” she said. “Laughter is the best medicine and I hope to make people smile, even at the expense of my bad dance moves.”