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Posted by Stacy Tsai on Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 13:11 | Cancer Stories


Cancer category: Thyroid Cancers

Cancer type: None


Krystle’s thyroid cancer diagnosis opened her eyes to her goals and dreams in life.  She aspires to be a high school teacher. She was diagnosed when she was 21 years old, a fourth year college student at UC Irvine.


Krystle’s Story

“I was 21 years old, it was the week before finals at the beginning of my senior year in college at UC Irvine.  After hours of cramming for tests, I was on my way to school and as I arrived at the parking structure I received a call from my doctor…”You have thyroid cancer”.  I can remember thinking that he was kidding, but as he told me what needed to be done, reality set in.  I could not believe that only minutes prior to that call, finals were my greatest concern and now I had something much bigger to deal with…

In my experience, the biggest challenge in being a young adult with cancer is dealing with the emotional aspect of it.  Hearing the words “you have cancer” is not an easy thing, especially when you are still in the process of developing your career and your life. Cancer came at such a pivotal point in my life and perhaps changed the course I was on forever. Oh yeah…and the needles, I hate the needles!!!

Cancer made me open my eyes and made me realize what I really wanted to do with my life.  In other words, cancer has not stopped me from pursuing any goal or challenge that presents itself in my life, but it changed my perspective and how I viewed those goals.  I completed my college education and am proud to be a UC Irvine graduate!

My future goal is to become a high-school teacher.

I would like to pay tribute to those who supported me throughout this journey: Jerry (father), Imelda (mother), my sisters, other family members and my other half, Yosuke.”


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