Roni Bibring via Crowdrise
January 26, 2012
On September 15th, 2008, I was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. It was my second week of high school and I was finally ready to start my life. This definitely threw me for a curve ball. I was so scared. What was going to happen to me? I would repeatedly ask the doctors if I was going to live, but none could give me the answer I was looking for. Although my family was there for me 24/7, I felt completely alone. I felt disconnected from the world. Day after day of rigorous chemotherapy, I only got weaker. I lost my hair, over 35 pounds, and my friends. I rarely got to go home and take a break from my completely new and not so fun life. Finally, after 10 months, I went into remission. It was the happiest time I could remember. Everything was over.
A month later, I relapsed. Hearing those words from my doctor almost killed me right there, but I held on for my family. I was sent immediately to a new hospital where they shot me up an extremely difficult round of chemo. A few days before my cord-blood transplant, I lost movement in my legs. Apparently the chemo was so strong that it paralyzed the bottom half of my body. I could no longer walk. At this point, I was too sick to care. I had my transplant, and continued pushing through. I was isolated in a small room in the hospital for 11 months straight. Finally, I was in remission and allowed to go back home. I was so excited, but little did I know that being home wouldn't change much. I still felt alone as could be, stuck in my bedroom, with friends that seemed to have forgotten about me. A year later, while searching on my laptop, I found an organization called I'm Too Young for This! Cancer foundation for young adults who survived or are fighting Cancer. I was so ecstatic. It made me feel no longer alone. I saw that there were many people who were fighting Cancer and feeling exactly as I did. It showed me that even though things were tough, I could be happy and get my life back. And that's what I did. I have now started college and am meeting new people. This organization is here to help support survivors, fighters, and caregivers. They are the nation's largest support group for young adults with cancer ages 15-40. They help people with getting their life back on track, fertility, dating, careers, sexuality, and much more. Iy showed me and many others they are not alone. And now I want to give back to them.
Check them out for yourselves! www.i2y.org
Please help people like me who are fighting or have survived one of life's toughest battles. If I raise enough money to meet my goal I will have the opportunity to join thousands of others at this life altering event. Every penny counts.
Thank you so much!
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I 2 Y - I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Inc wrote -
70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. This is not OK!
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it's 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.
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