My name is Alexis and I am 21 years old. I was diagnosed with brain cancer just after I finished my sophomore year of college. I had terrible migraines and vertigo that started in April but I wasn’t diagnosed until May 17th and my first surgery was May 23rd. I joked that I only had the tumor for a week because of how quickly it was removed. Before my diagnosis I worked as a Home Care aide in a retirement home and had been going to Cedar Crest College for nursing and psychology.
So far this year I’ve had three brain surgeries, 30 radiation treatments and four rounds of chemotherapy. For chemo, I have been in and out of CHOP for 2 weeks or more at a time. Beating cancer has been the hardest thing I ever had to do. Without the support of my boyfriend (of 7 years), and all of our family, I do not know where I would be. However, this experience has convinced me that nursing will be a great career for me, especially after meeting all the wonderful nurses during treatment. I look forward to being done with treatment and getting my life back on track. Nothing can stop me, not even cancer.