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I was diagnosed in my second year of school at Georgia Tech in late 2014 while studying mechanical engineering. I was about to embark on to the internship of my dreams shortly after diagnosis: so there's a preface for what I've learned and experienced since diagnosis. I'll try to mention things in this list that I have not seen elsewhere.
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    When diagnosed, human nature makes you want to be strong, initially not for yourself, but for your family. Even when I was 95% sure I had leukemia from an initial blood test, I waited 2 days before telling my parents to save them from 2 days of dread until doctors gave me the 100% results.
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    Insurance in USA is a privilege. I had great insurance which forced me to pay only a max of $2500 each year. In 1.5 years I would have racked up almost $2 million without insurance! Regardless of ur political view, would it have been right for me to be denied care if I didn't have insurance? I was healthy, exercised, straight As, but got cancer.
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    People may hesitate talking to you as much because they think they are bothering you. Big misconception, just call. If I can't talk, I'll call you back another time. Being hospitalized and isolated from your friends can get quite lonely.
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