Surviving by a tube

Surviving by a tube

Treatment sucks. Cancer slowly takes away so many little pleasures in life, which can make it a chore to stay positive. As a child, this is only exacerbated as it feels like your entire identity gets dismantled. From school to friends, food to being carefree, everything gets sacrificed on the road to recovery. For me, one of the biggest causes of many sacrifices was my catheter. In the first week of my diagnosis, both of my arms were completely bruised from all the injections and blood draws. To prevent my veins from totally collapsing after a month, my doctors surgically...

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Friends are good for you.

Friends are good for you.

After my first hospitalization, I realized that things were not going to be the same any more. I was told to make several adjustments to help with my recovery. One of the immediate challenges was my education. Being immunosuppressed, I was easily susceptible to bacteria and not allowed to go back to school. Being in public spaces was no longer an option. I was a fifth grader who enjoyed the company of others so being isolated from my friends was something that was very discouraging and difficult. I had to be homeschooled for a year to keep me on track...

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