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Kelly Miragliotta

Kelly Miragliotta
Pompton Lakes, NJ United States
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Hi, I'm Kelly and I am a cancer survivor. Back in Febuary of 2013, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma after finding a lump on my neck. I was only 20 years old in my sophmore year of college at Rutgers and I had cancer. I went through fertility treatment to store my eggs, got a port put in, and went through months of chemotherapy while still continuing the semester at school. July 30, 2015, I beat it and was in remission. I was living life and enjoying every second at school, I turned 21, and had my first internship. My blood tested started to come back a little off, but my doctor assured me not to worry so I didn't think too much of it until January of 2015 went I felt a lump on my neck. In that moment, I knew that it was back and soon after my discovery of the lump, I was diagnosed again. How could this happen again? And why now when I'm in my last semester of my senior year? I met with a new oncologist and the first thing he told me was were gonna fix it and you're going to graduate. We came up with a tenative treatment plan and started the first step immediately. The first step of the plan, was 18 weeks of Brentuximab. In these 18 weeks it was back and forth from Rutgers to Hackensack Hospital, but I went on Spring Break, ran a half marathon, and most importantly graduated on time and enjoyed every second of senior year. Unfortunately the Brentuximab as great as it was to allow me to graduate, did not work as well as we hoped. We decided to try a different chemo regime call the ICE treatment. Luckily, my doctor and I decided that I could be the first person to try this outpatient. After 3 cycles, it was successful and we were at where we wanted to be. We could then move on to preparing for a stem cell transplant. I was using my own stem cells, so I spent a couple of days in the hospital getting mobilization chemo and after that we retrieved my stem cell. Everything was going smooth, and now it was time for the hard part. It was time for the high dose chemo that would irradicate any cancer left and destroy healthy cells in the process, and then they would do the stem cell transplant as a rescue. This was terrifying, but I knew I had to do it. I spent 2 and a half weeks in the hospital getting chemo and then getting the transplant, but after that my body was making cells again on its own! I recovered from that and did 20 sessions of radiation to give me a better chance at this never coming back. As of November 30, 2015, I am in remission and hopefully this time for good! Now, on April 28th ot May 1st I will be traveling to Denver, Colorado to attend Stupid Cancer's CancerCon. On this trip, I will connect and meet people my age that went through the same thing. I am unbelievably excited! I am fundrasing to support this amazing foundation that does incredible things for young adults with cancer, and to recieve travel funds. I am asking for your help in supporting myself and the foundation by donating anything you can, or even just sharing my link and creating awareness. I can't thank you all enough for supporting me and I appreciate it from the bottem of my heart! <3 



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