Monica Y. Mateo was twenty-three years old when she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+. She underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, which empowered her to be the warrior she is today. During her cancer journey — she began to question life and death. In search of meaning, she stumbled into Buddhism and practiced for ten years. She has recently converted to Christianity after having a dream of being immersed in water – her baptism. 

She is currently a Licensed Social Worker and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor. She is the author of The Cancer Warrior, which will is available on She is a mom to a loving son and fiance to a supportive man. 



Last Chemotherapy treatment and Remission 2009!