In 2012, at the age of 25, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I had just graduated undergrad a couple of years back and was new to my career. Things were amazing before receiving my diagnosis. I went through several treatments and had a bad reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs I was on which left me completely immobile and unable to speak. I had to take months of physical, occupational, and speech therapy before continuing with cancer treatment. I reached remission eventually and underwent a stem cell transplant to prevent relapse.
In December 2018, I received news that my Leukemia was back, this time in the form of a mass. I had just graduated with my masters in June of 2018, and once again was new to my career. I had to cut down my hours at work significantly and began radiation and chemotherapy treatment. My doctors put me on a year-long chemotherapy regimen, but it may be longer than a year. My life has been turned upside down once again after living 6 years cancer-free. The side effects of the chemo have impacted the last 10 months of my life so much, and it’s been tough trying to live my life as normally as possible. Cancer took so much from me in my 20’s, and I’m heartbroken that it’s taking so much from me now in my early 30’s. I make every effort to raise awareness and fundraise for Leukemia and cancer research and I hope that no one has to experience what I’ve gone through.