Survivor - papillary thyroid cancer (diagnosed at age 14)
Twist on Cancer: I am a very emotional person, so surprisingly, it has always been easy to talk about my cancer journey. To me, the whole experience seems very matter-of-fact: I was just diagnosed one day and then started treatment the next. Since I went through this process when I was young (diagnosed at age 14), it almost feels like it happened to someone else, so much of it was a blur of doctor appointments.
Now that I'm older, and almost 15 years post-treatment, I'm starting to unpack all the ways I've been affected - emotionally and physically. I have always felt gratitude for the positive prognosis and support of my loved ones, but I've never really felt like my experience was special in any way. Sharing my story with a stranger through Brushes with Cancer has helped me recognize how my journey was unique.