A Message from Diane:
I was in the 8th grade, when I discovered that I had cancer. It was getting close to Christmas and I kept have strange bleeding…I just thought “ugh, this is the worst period ever.” Well I went to the hospital 3 times. They kept me and took a biopsy. I remember them saying that cancer was a possibility but never did I think it was going to be true.
A few days after Christmas, it was confirmed that I had cancer. It honestly sucked. I didn’t go to school much, after that. My first chemo wasn’t a fun experience. I mean, I threw up one of my meds and felt like I was hallucinating. I had already given up but my school and family had not. They wrote letters, donated money, made t-shirts…it was amazing!
After the first chemo, it was kinda smooth sailing. Things didn’t really go wrong and, by September, I was better. I think it still hasn’t hit me that it’s been 3 years today I’ve been cancer free. I have dreams and goals I’ll never give up on. I want to be a singer and give money to charities to find a cure for cancer one day. I hope to meet kids going thorough what I have and give them hope.
I’m 17 and a senior now. People say I’ve been through so much and maybe that’s true but, to me, cancer only made me stronger. Thank you for reading my story!
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