Cancer Patient Does 'Juju on That Beat' During Chemo: 'Doing Silly Things Makes All the Difference'
Instead of sulking about the heartbreak of her cancer diagnosis, this Texas mom decided instead to dance it away.
Fitness fanatic Ana-Alecia Ayala, 32, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in December. Since discovering tumors on her uterus and spleen, Alaya said she's been in and out of the hospital for various treatments.
But, the Dallas native has since proven that even cancer can't get her down. Even during her in-patient chemotherapy treatments, Alaya can be seen dancing throughout the session.
"When I have energy, I like to do what I can." Ayala told InsideEdition.com.
She said her "chemo buddy," Danielle Andrus, was visiting during a recent session when she suggested they learn the routine to the latest dance craze, Zay Hilfigerrr's and Zayion McCall's "Juju on That Beat".
From bringing adult coloring books, to gossiping about celebrities, to video chatting with their group of friends, Alaya said, "She keeps me distracted from the chemo. Just being there, and doing silly things, and laughing — it makes all the difference."
The pair met through a fitness group shortly before Alaya was diagnosed with cancer, but she has since counted on Andrus's upbeat visits during most of her chemotherapy treatments.
"Danielle likes to do dance parties after her workout to cool down," Alaya joked. "She was determined to get me into one of her dance parties, so we did a dance party at the hospital."
Alaya said she was inspired by her 3-year-old daughter, Avalyn, to stay optimistic throughout her journey.
"I'm always trying to live life to the fullest, and she's giving me more of a reason to do so," Ayala said. "[I don't] want to make this a scary thing for her. She's been in the hospital, and it made her more compassionate to people who are sick."
And, it seems like the optimism is spreading.
Alaya announced Wednesday on her GoFundMe page that her latest scans show the tumors are shrinking.
"I don't want people to think cancer is a death sentence. You can still live your life after your diagnosis, which is what I'm trying to do," Alaya told InsideEdition.com.
"Just handle it as best as possible. Laugh and have a good time, especially on the strong days."