Nikki Henshaw - Leukemia Survivor
If you were to sit down with Nikki Henshaw, you'd find out she has a full and blessed life. She has a supportive husband, two beautiful children, and just started her own part-time business so she can be a stay-at-home mom. But in 1994 she found out that she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a diagnosis no 14-year-old wants to hear. While she did go into remission only a month later, she still had to undergo intense treatments for the next three years. As a result of her treatment, she had many challenging side effects. To say that the experience was equally exhausting and profound for her would be an understatement.
"I have seen the progress in cure rates and treatments."
These days, not only is Nikki focused on family, she also uses her time to give back to the cancer community. She is a hike coach for LLS's Team In Training, and she has dreams to write a book for teenagers who may be going through leukemia or any type of cancer. Most of all she wants people who are touched by cancer to remember that cure rates have increased, drug dosages have decreased and drugs are administered differently to prevent many side effects like the ones she had. She says, "I have personally seen the progress in cure rates and treatments from when I experienced ALL in 1994 until now. As a result, these changes do improve the quality of life for those who are battling cancer."