Team Kira’s fundraising page: http://pages.lightthenight.org/wa/SeattleL12/teamkira
I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in August 2011, but my symptoms started long before diagnosis.
In fall 2010 I first noticed symptoms like chest pain and itchy skin. Between January and August I went to twenty-one doctor appointments, yet no one could tell me why I was feeling so sick!
Unfortunately, my symptoms progressively got worse and it was getting hard to breathe. My family took me to a naturopath who finally gave me an answer eight months later. He diagnosed me with Hodgkin's lymphoma in only two days.
Hearing the words "you have cancer" from a doctor at 16 years old is surreal.
I started treatment in September 2011 and thankfully my cancer was treatable with just four rounds of chemo and three weeks of radiation. My treatment finished right before Christmas.
Even though my cancer was more easily treatable compared to others, I will say that the chemo sucked. This whole cancer experience seemed like a really long bad dream, so I was very thankful to be surrounded by awesome friends and family who were there for me the entire time.
They gave me gifts, made me personalized throw-up buckets, helped shave my head and watched Disney movies with me in the hospital. Cancer sucks, but I've learned so many lessons and gained so much life experience throughout it all.
You have to be thankful because things could always be worse, positivity and humor can get you very far in any tough situation, and on top of everything be thankful for you true friends and family, they will always be there for you.
Last year in 2011, my family and friends created a Light The Night team in my honor and after only a few weeks we had 75 walkers and raised $7,875!
I was too sick last year to walk, but this year my team will be back raising funds for cures and I will join them at Green Lake Park!