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When Lindsey’s leukemia came back after it had been in remission, she turned to others to help her through the tough times –God, family, friends, hospital staff, and the community as a whole.
Now 29, Lindsey was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 9. The cancer relapsed during her freshman year in high school. Then she relapsed again during college and underwent a hematopoietic cell transplant (also called bone marrow or stem cell transplant). She has been free of cancer ever since.
There will be difficult times during cancer treatment, Lindsey said. But patients and families can find strength while weathering life’s storms.
“I got down and had my pity days, but as a whole, I was able to see many blessings from my experiences, that it helped me push through the hard times,” Lindsey said. “Some days you may get news you don’t want. Take it day by day. The next day could be better. Celebrate each improvement, no matter how small it may be. Some people get overwhelmed and wonder how they’re going to make it. There are so many people who want to help you. Somehow the impossible becomes possible and things slowly piece together.”
Her cancer journey taught Lindsey meaningful lessons:
Lindsey made friends with a 5-year-old girl while she was in the transplant unit.
“We would meet in the halls and walk laps together,” Lindsey said. “I was 19, she was 5, but that age difference didn’t matter! We cheered each other up. Often her mom would lift her up to the window on my door, so she could see me. Seeing her face and her wave outside my door brightened my day!”
You can get wigs in many different colors and styles. Depending on what you choose, you can pick a completely different look.
“Not many people can change their hair around that quickly depending on their mood or outfit for the day!” Lindsey said.
Lindsey is now an oncology nurse. She is married and the mother of twins who are 20 months old. She is pregnant with her third child at the time of this writing.
“We have no guarantee what will happen the next day, even as perfectly healthy individuals,” Lindsey said. “Make memories every day, so you can look back and see joy along the journey. Sure there will be hard and sad days while going through treatment. But live so that you can look back on the experience as a whole being able to see some blessings along the way, no matter the outcome.”
Lindsey received this poem on a plaque when she was first diagnosed.
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.