Two years ago, at the age of 26, I was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma called Burkitt’s. Despite the aggressive nature and rapid progression of the type of cancer I was going up against, I was lucky enough to have intercepted it in its early stages. As a result, my journey as a cancer patient was a short but very intense period of 4 months of chemotherapy which I was mainly hospitalized for. Those 4 months were without a doubt the darkest period of my life.
Although I am proud to have won this battle, most days, I choose to keep my cancer experience in the past and focus on my future, refusing to let the label of ‘’cancer survivor’’ define me. But today, I chose to make an exception and share my story because it is meant to honor one of the main people without whom I could not have strived through, my mother.
Growing up as only child, my mother and I have always been a team, ready to overcome every obstacle that life throws at us. And if the cancer journey was meant to be a test, well we passed! From the sleepless nights spent at the hospital by my side, to the homecooked meals and little attentions that only a mother would think of, she did everything in her power to bring home to me and make me forget I was in the hospital. Every time I felt like I hit rock bottom, my mother knew exactly what to say or do to make me feel better and lift me back up.
Mom, you are my role model. Thank you for being my rock and for lifting me up not only in my cancer journey, but every day of my life. I am eternally grateful to you. I love you.
Happy Mother’s Day!
First Connection Program is a peer-to-peer program that matches newly diagnosed patients and their families with trained volunteers who have been affected first hand by a blood cancer and shared similar experiences.
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