By Miranda Mead
I was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma on December 1st.
Two days after my 16th birthday, I went in for an MRI on November 25th, after months and months of extreme pain in my back and a 6 inch tumour was discovered.
When I found out, I had a panic attack. I couldn't breathe. I called my best friend who helped to calm me down.
I never expected my back pain to be a tumour.
I was sent straight to the children's hospital in Minneapolis and I stayed in the paediatric intensive care unit for three weeks.
I had multiple surgeries including the insertion of a port into my skin, a device that is attached to an artery that leads to my heart. This is how I was given chemotherapy.
I was on a morphine drip and taking very strong pain medication. Thankfully, the chemo changed my tumour enough so that I was out of pain.
To date, I have been through 31 days of proton radiation and 13 rounds of chemo.
I have one more round of chemo and 10 more days of lung radiation! And then I'm done!
Overall, going through cancer has been a life changing experience.
I have remained optimistic throughout this entire journey and as a result, I have become a really strong person.
I've learned to appreciate the simpler things in life like the smell of the rain on the pavement and the feeling of the sun soaking into my skin.
My hope is my story will raise awareness for childhood cancer.
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