Childhood Cancer Survivor Speaking
It took 15 years to pass for me to come to terms with my experience and embrace them. Today, I share my story of survival. Whether it’s organizations looking for motivation and inspiration or in support of advancing awareness and support of cancer research and care organizations. My goal as a childhood cancer survivor speaker, is to create good from my experiences.
As the summer of 1999 approached I was filled with excitement. School was letting out. I was about a month away from my birthday. I was in 6th grade. This was the summer that marked the jump in our school district from elementary school to high school. High School was 7 – 12 and I was moving from a rural, country school to the “city school.” A town of a whopping 2,500. Still, excitement was ample. As summer approached, excitement gave way to exhaustion, headaches and nausea. By August, instead of going to high school orientation with my peers, I was getting oriented to chemo, radiation and brain surgery. A rare, stage 3 malignant ependymoma made itself known that summer and changed the course of my life. Today, I am a childhood cancer survivor, 17 years strong.