I felt positive at the time of my diagnosis and I don’t think I really grasped at first what was being thrown my way. I was in the hospital for 7 months, which included all of the treatment.
There were many people who stuck out during my treatment that stuck out by my side. My biggest supporter, my MOM!! My family, especially my cousin Kim. My two doctors, Bradley Denardo and Daniel Callaway. As well as my pain doctors, Tara Brown and Angie Anderson. My social worker, Sarah, who sadly isn’t there anymore. Kerri, my lovely massage therapist who turned into a big sister to me. As well as the nurses on Hasbro 5 and in clinic - I don’t know what I would have done without them by my side. Kristin from Child Life as well was a big supporter of mine. I do, with that I would have been able to leave my room more and walk around more but being neutropenic limited time outside my room..
I dealt with my cancer with positivity, crafts, watching sports, coloring, bonding with the staff and mentoring younger cancer patients..
Today, I am in college, working towards my nursing degree.