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Cancer Re-occurrence - What Did I Do Wrong?


In Sept 2014, while studying for my Chemistry final in my dorm room I had a seizure and ended up in the hospital.  I was so grateful I was not studying alone that night and my friends knew exactly what to do.  I woke up in a hospital.  The doctor diagnosed me with Oligoastrocytoma which causes seizures.  After 2 brain surgeries I was told they removed all the cancer cells they could see and there was no guarantee the tumor will not come back.  I was thankful to be alive so I started eating healthy and went back to studying to be a teacher, which is my dream.   


Two years later I was told the tumor was back and January 12, 2017 I had my third brain surgery. This has been very difficult for my family and I to understand.  Why is this happening to me?  We have no family history of cancer.  It makes me think I have done something wrong to make this happen.


Due to the aggressiveness of this cancer the doctor wanted to do more than surgery.  So the doctor suggested I freeze my eggs because the chemo and radiation would impact my reproductive system.  This tumor was taking over my life.  I am only 20 years old and I have not even started living yet.  I really wanted my own biological children but the cost was prohibitive.  When I talked with the doctor about the problem they found Team Maggie For A Cure, who offered grants to help cancer patients with fertility preservation costs.  I was awarded a grant!  


Every day I am thankful for those who are willing to lend a helping hand. A grant meant a huge burden was lifted off my family.

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