Hi, I’m Jessica Vogt and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008 when I was 15.
Before I was diagnosed, I was a completely normal teenage girl dealing with all your normal problems – homework, boys, and friends. I was very athletic and social and loved spending time with my friends. After my diagnosis, all that changed. I knew I was going to lose my hair, but that’s not all. My whole appearance and outlook on life changed. I was so sick that I spent most of the first year in the hospital. I suffered a brain injury, scarring from the countless procedures, and was left with a movement disorder limiting the use of my right hand. It became increasingly hard to be brave, and I just wanted it all to be over. I felt so alone, and that I had lost everything – not just my appearance but all of the muscle that I had worked so hard for – over 6 years of track and field and cross country running. I continue to have my struggles with various health issues that cancer has left me with but my friends and family are what get me through it all and I can’t thank them enough.
Now six years later, I’ve made it to 21 years old and 3.5 years off chemo!
I walk in the Light the Night walk because of what I went through and how my loved ones got me through it.