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It's never too late for the first time

VIDEO: Never too late for the first time

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - When Robinette Diaz heard her doctors tell her last March she had terminal cancer, she started planning to live.

"The first thing I said was, “how can I fight this? That's the first thing I said," Robinette says.

Three kids and 12 grandkids....she just wasn't done yet.

"If I don't try to think positive, then it's like giving up. And I can't do that. It's obviously emotional, but you know, we try to make the best of every day," Robinette's husband Edwin says, adding, "There's a lot of love, a lot of joy."

"How can you not be thankful?" Robinette smiles. "I love life, I love my family, I love my friends - some of them are family, too, and I focus on that. I have a lot to be thankful for."

Robinette started documenting her journey, reaching out to others, and trying to encourage them.

"Being involved with so many other cancer patients, I've discovered so many focus on dying and not living…To me, negativity is a cancer itself. It's toxic. And sometimes you have to work hard to be positive, but you can get there," she says.

Which leads us to Jon's Bridal by Suzanne.

Robinette started working on what she calls her “to do” list. And near the top, despite that she's been married, Robinette never actually got to wear the big white dress…until Tuesday.

"It's something I wanted to do since I was a little girl," she says.

She took her time, surrounded by her family, trying dress, after dress...

"I just loved the glow, in her eyes," Edwin says.

...until she finds the right one.

Her family asked her, "Are you saying “yes to the dress?'' Then they clapped and took photos and, together, they crossed off that big item from her to do list.

Even if the world seems dark, take it from the girl in white…

"Stay positive. Positive is the key," Robinette says.

As long as her body allows her, Robinette wants to continue to help others. She plans to hold a speaking engagement in June and focus on "living with cancer."

She'll follow that up with several other events, with each serving as fundraisers.

You can follow her journey and learn more about her events by visiting fb.me/artistrobinette

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