Kristina Anderson, a Miss Arizona contestant, is battling a rare for of cancer. On Oct. 16, TODAY reported that Kristina Anderson, 25, was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in July. Although she has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments on and off since her diagnosis, Anderson is determined to compete in the Miss Arizona competition that begins on Nov. 29.
"I just thought it would be a really good distraction. Rather than focusing on white blood cell numbers, the reality of the disease and the outcomes, staying positive is half the battle. I see a lot of people who get down and depressed and crawl in a hole, and my idea is to be positive as possible," Anderson told TODAY.
Kristina Anderson has Miss Arizona hopes and her cancer isn't going to stop her from following that dream. With a wig on, Anderson looks like a pageant queen without a worry in the world. She is beautiful and confident and she is totally putting cancer in its place (Anderson looks lovely without a wig as well but it is believed that she will be wearing a wig for the competition).
"I just want to be normal and have this as an obstacle in my life that I’ll learn from. There’s a reason for all of this. That’s just how I look at it because there is no room for negativity and it's going to drag you down," Anderson continued.
The Miss Arizona competition and Kristina Anderson's struggle don't seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, this is the first time that someone with such a debilitating disease has participated in the event in at least a decade (or maybe ever) according to Miss Arizona executive director Britt Boyse.
Everyone wishes Anderson the best of luck in the pageant and beyond.
© Effie Orfanides 2013