Cancer category: Sarcomas
Cancer type: None
Janet began battling cancer when she was 8 years old. She had many surgeries from the age of 12 to 27, and was told that she would never get pregnant. Janet is now a mother and she hopes to finish nursing school.
“I was only 8 years old, going to school and just being a kid. At that time I never thought that anything could happen to me…I was untouchable. It was during that very innocent time if my life when I was first told “you have sarcoma” and this long journey began. My battle with cancer may have begun in childhood, but is has carried on throughout my lifespan and has challenged me to know what it means to also be a young adult fighting cancer.
Given that my battle began at such a young age, my challenge in being a young adult with cancer may be somewhat different. In my opinion, the biggest challenge was not only having the cancer, but having surgery after surgery. I had my mega prosthesis replaced from the age of 12-27, I believe about 4 times. Surgeries disrupt your life and make you put everything on hold; that was the most frustrating piece for me.
Having cancer in young adulthood threatened one of life’s greatest gifts for me; I was told that I would probably never get pregnant, but…I DID! I have a beautiful daughter and in general, cancer did not stop me from living my life and forming a great beautiful family.
My future goal is to give back to others who face this battle. I am hoping to finish nursing school in the near future and work in the oncology department. I am going to help others just as my nurses helped me. I want to live life to the fullest and I appreciate everything that comes my way.
I would like to pay tribute to those who supported me throughout this journey: my husband, daughter, parents and siblings. Thanks for sticking by me.”