Woman hosts dance party in hospital room during cancer treatment


A Texas woman fighting a rare form of cancer is dancing to keep her spirits high, and is inspiring others.

Ana-Alecia Ayala is undergoing chemotherapy for rhabdomyosarcoma of the uterus. According to her GoFundMe page, Ayala was diagnosed in December. Since then, she has undergone two surgeries and has been receiving chemotherapy. While the original tumor site in her uterus is now clear, a new tumor appeared in her spleen in July. Ayala is in the hospital this week, undergoing inpatient chemotherapy to combat the spleen tumor. Ayala said in an update Wednesday that the treatment is working, and that “Rhabdomyosarcoma picked the wrong girl to mess with!”

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Ayala posted a video on Instagram of herself and a friend dancing to "Juju on That Beat" in her hospital room. Ayala wrote in the caption: “Who says cancer and chemo have to get get you down? We'll have the last laugh!”

The video was reposted on her Facebook page, where it has been viewed over 60,000 times.


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