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Surviving Survivorship

Clarissaby Clarissa Schilstra, Living with Cancer

 

A College Student and 2X Leukemia Survivor’s Perspective

 

I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) for the first time at 2 ½ years old, and went through 2 ½ years of treatment.  I then relapsed when I was 13, at which point I went through another 2 ½ years of more intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

 

When I finished my relapse treatment, at the age of 15, I felt liberated.  I had finally conquered the disease that had taken over such a significant portion of my childhood.  Little did I know, navigating survivorship would present a whole new kind of challenge.

 

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