Mar 04, 2004 - 11:05 pm
Hello! I am a young cancer survivor, well, depending on what is considered young! I am 25 and was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease three years ago while I was still in school. I had just gotten back from a semester abroad in Australia and just days before gotten a new puppy, who turned out to be my little guardian angel through it all! I opted to stay in school for as long as I could, and I finished out the semester with half my credits. I stayed at school, 8hrs. from home and 4 from my treatment hospital, but I wanted to be surrounded by my friends. I went through 9 months of treatment, chemo & radiation, lost all my hair, but made it to this point! I went back to school the following year and just now graduated (finally!) I celebrate the day I was diagnosed every single year and not a day goes by that I don't think back on that experience. Some people seem to think that cancer is a topic to shy away from, but I like to talk about my experience because it was REAL and it was a huge life experience - I can't just ignore it!