Adiba Barney's non-stop schedule came to a screeching halt at the age of 37. The once-busy Silicon Valley CEO was diagnosed with stage four cancer.
The chief leader of Silicon Valley Forum was a natural workaholic by nature, but her life-shattering diagnosis challenged her to slow down and relish the smaller moments of the daily grind.
"The irony in and of itself is that I'm actually living my life more now," Barney said.
She has now made it a habit to take a trip with her loved ones each money to different spots around the globe. That's her way of getting the most out of life.
Shifting one's routine and mindset is not something out of the ordinary for those wrestling cancer.
"It forces you to trivialize the trivial and evaluate what really matters in life," Dr. David Spiegel, a Stanford psychologist who has spent 40 years examining the psychological effects of cancer, said.
Don't get Barney wrong, she hates cancer. But the "cancer-lifer" is making sure to make the best out of her situation while she can.
"I'm trying to live a life to the fullest," she said.