acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when I was 11. Throughout my entire cancer journey, I had a lot of people in my corner. But what I found most helpful was following The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) social media platforms and reading the articles on their website. Through LLS, I felt like someone actually understood what I was going through. Recently, I have been one of the very lucky students chosen to receive the LLS Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors which will be the reason I am able to continue attending college. My hospital costs have most definitely impacted my family’s financials in a negative way. But because of LLS, I feel like someone really understands what I went through and is saying, “Hey, we understand. We are here to help. Cancer should not define the rest of your life.” Despite LLS being a big organization, I have always felt accepted and understood, and I am forever grateful for all the support they have provided me and my family through my cancer journey.