On December 29, 2011, I heard those numbing words “you have cancer.” I was 23 years old, about to turn 24 and my whole world came to a screeching halt. After months of feeling “off,” multiple visits to all kinds of doctors, repeat blood work, scans and biopsies, it was finally determined that I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
For the next 2 1/2 years I would endure monthly spinal taps, rigorous chemotherapy infusions, countless pills and needles, regular hospital stays, multiple trips to the ER, hair loss, and terrifying side effects, including a blood clot in my brain. I often thought, how could all of this actually be happening? Moreover, would I survive this? The answer was yes.
On April 14, 2014, I had my last chemotherapy infusion. After a receiving a clean bill of health, and hearing those sobering words, “no more cancer in your blood,” I moved to California, received my law degree and married my best friend. Through it all, I found strength in my faith, my family and my friends. At the John Theurer Cancer Center, incredibly compassionate and talented nurses and oncologists were truly invested in my treatment and well-being.
I also had a wonderful social worker who introduced me to LLS. Not only was I a recipient for the financial assistance, which LLS provides, but I also discovered additional hope at my first ever Light The Night Walk in Verona, NJ. I can also proudly say that I continue to steward the mission as a Campaign Manager for Student Series in the Orange County Inland Empire Chapter.
Now, I am 6 years in remission. I am so thankful for the resources, the encouragement and all that LLS aspires to accomplish through its mission. Beating cancer is in my blood.