Things People Assume About Me

  1. because my hair is growing back, I am in remission
    My hair is actually growing back for a little while because I have switched from chemotherapy to immunotherapy, which interacts with the body differently and doesn't cause hair loss. A bone marrow transplant is required down the road to really knick the rest of this cancer, so although I seem healthy right now, it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
  2. because I choose to try and maintain a positive attitude around others, things aren't that bad
    This is actually more of a defense mechanism, and while it does actually help get me through (fake it 'til you make it), I've built up a happy wall and it can be hard to break down that wall and be real. I have a hard time letting myself complain out loud, but make no mistake, this is really, really hard. No one should have to dance around their own grave like this, especially a kid. Perspective is not always indicative of reality.
  3. moral of the story: ask me questions! I want to help you understand. Have empathy for those around you, pity solves nothing.