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Starring: Cancer

Starring: Cancer

Before her diagnosis, my big sister, Emma, had to be the most popular girl in school. She was the girl who could do it all. She was a four-year varsity athlete in softball, Captain of the Cheer team, National Honor Society member, tennis athlete, homecoming princess...

It Isn’t a Battle That Can Be Lost

It Isn’t a Battle That Can Be Lost

I have a grievance with the way society treats cancer. I have a grievance with the way cancer treats society. I have many grievances, but I have more hope than grievances. I do not remember the day – rather, days – my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, nor do I...

Can a Hospital be a Playground?

Can a Hospital be a Playground?

Obviously, a hospital is not the first place that comes up when you think of a playground, but for me, Seattle Children's Hospital was my playground. I was only four years old when my baby brother was diagnosed with leukemia, and as a little kid, I didn't really...

My Journey

My Journey

As I sit here looking down at a picture taken at Camp Ukandu, remembering all the memories, love and sadness I have experienced at this camp. We are huddled in a big group, we hug, hands on each others' backs holding each other close, wishing we did not have to leave...

Big Brown Eyes

When I was in fourth grade, I met a girl. She had long brown hair that was almost as curly as mine and she had big brown eyes, deeper and darker than I'd ever seen. She didn't say much in class and she wore the same hat every day. She was weird, just like me. We soon...

A blessing in disguise

It seemed as if I had been laying on the top of Mt. Everest to bathing in the lava of a scorching volcano. I felt cold chills racing throughout my body as I shook uncontrollably. My body would then suddenly reach high temperatures. When I was asleep I didn't need to...