CAITLYNN Z.

   
I was diagnosed with Pre B Cell ALL Leukemia High Risk. When I was diagnosed I was feeling afraid and angry; I had unexplained fevers, bruising and tiredness. I really didn't want to go to the hospital. Being the five year old that I was, “hospital” was a very scary word. I was there for about a month, with multiple stays in the hospital after the initial month. My treatment took two plus years. The biggest thing that I think helped me get through this and to get better was spending time with my many friends and family. The many laughs that we shared really kept me going.

I am now in 8th grade, am on the honor roll, and have had perfect attendance for the last 3 school years.

Being a survivor is an honor. Don't be afraid to share your story. That is one thing I have learned in the past almost seven years that I have been in remission. For the most part, those that you do tell will look up to you. That is a great feeling.
           My advice to a newly diagnosed patient:

Dear patient,
Don't worry. These people who are taking care of you are here to help and believe it or not, know what they are doing😉. Also, please don't be afraid to tell people what you are going through. If you have a friend and you are afraid to tell them, tell them. To be perfectly honest, they might make fun of you. Those who do are not worth it. In turn though, others that you tell will be completely amazed by you and will look up to you. That is a great feeling. Don't be afraid to tell people your story, because you are incredible. Chances are, if people make fun of you, they are not as strong as you are. Someday, you will run into that person who made fun of you and they too will be amazed by you, it just takes time and intelligence. All in all, keep your head held high, live in the moment, and try to bring out the best in every situation. Don't worry, we are all here for you.



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​"Being a survivor
is an honor.
Don't be afraid
to share
your story.."
  1. 5
    Age at Diagnosis
  2. 14
    Current Age