My cancer story is quite lengthy. I was diagnosed at the age of 19 during the final days of my sophomore year of college. It was April 25, 2016, and I will never forget the phone call I received in my sorority house that night. I was treated in Denver, CO at the Anschutz Oncology center where I was told that I had “the good kind of cancer” aka acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Little did I know, I would spend the next six years dealing with multiple relapses and several different clinical trials at multiple cancer centers across the country.
So much for the good cancer prognosis, am I right? You name the treatment, and I’ve probably done it. After countless infusions of chemotherapy, total body irradiation (twice!), CAR-T cell immunotherapies, failed other immunotherapies, two bone marrow transplants, and a medically induced coma, I’ve finally been hit with all the trauma I experienced. Each day I am working hard to get back some normalcy in my life and find my lust for life again.
- A horseback riding trip through Active Riding Trips