She said some days are more difficult than others, but she keeps a positive attitude by praying, reading her book of spiritual lessons or calling a friend or relative. She also writes her thoughts in a journal and relies on her family and friends to get her through the bad days.
Milligan said she can’t work anymore, and the financial stress related to her illness is weighing on her mind. But she said she is trying not to worry about those problems.
“I have to try to stay positive and give those to God to deal with, because I can’t do it on my own,” she said.
Despite the financial strain, Milligan has found that people are willing to lend a helping hand. For instance, the Cowboy Crisis Fund — a nonprofit organization that helps people who are struggling financially due to medical problems — recently contributed $1,000 to help her family.
Those moments of kindness help keep Milligan going on the worst days, she said.
“It makes me feel blessed, and it’s just kind of awesome,” she said. “You don’t think of other people helping you in that way, and when they do, it’s just awesome.”