Sarcoma is such a rare disease that often times people don’t pay as much attention to it as more common types of cancer such as lung cancer, or breast cancer. But, it’s important to remember that – just like those common types of cancer- real people are being diagnosed with sarcoma. People with sarcoma are winning the battle and they are losing the battle. They are our moms, dads, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and children. They are real people.
Today we wanted to introduce you to a very brave adult, who is a sarcoma survivor. Actually, we’ll let her introduce herself to you… “My name is not really important right now but I would like to introduce myself. I am a 25 year old Master’s student born in Naperville, Ill. and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I am currently in my last semester in Purdue University’s Statistics Program. I was diagnosed with cancer on September 24th, 2010.”
This is the first sentence of the first blog post by D. Renee. This courageous young woman is amazingly intelligent, warm, and an incredible writer. She is no different than any of us. She was living life very normally until a severe pain in her back eventually lead to a diagnosis of hermangiosarcoma.
D. Renee doesn’t give her contact information, but as we last saw, on May 13, 2012, she graduated with her Master’s of Science degree (congrats D. Renee!) If you are dealing with sarcoma yourself or caring for a loved one- or if you just want to learn more, we encourage you to read this courageous blog.
We’ve pulled a few excerpts from D. Renee’s journey as chronicled in “Young Statistician With Cancer.”
-“Sept 24th: I was told that I was diagnosed with a hermangiosarcoma that has metastasized from my liver to my spine. The cancer is extremely rare and I was told to see a Sarcoma Specialist in Indianapolis.”
-“It truly been a rough transition but I have learned a lot about myself and the people around me. My family and I were not really ready for a moment like this to happen this soon my life.”
-“Even days when I wanted to go to study groups I had only 2 hours before I was ready to pass out, I still didn’t tell my friends about how hard it was to be there. FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS I WAS LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE!! (Which really isn’t my personality)”
-“Hard days are the ones when you look in the mirror and literally hate everything you see. The moment you realize that you no longer look the same. I have learned to enjoy my inner beauty more and more each day. Truth be told hair is only a decoration nothing more.”
– “As a cancer fighter, I have thought to myself that why couldn’t this have happened to someone else?! Why am I the one with cancer?! Did God make a mistake?! It’s just not fair!! I soon found out that I’m not a victim but I am a victor.”
-“This morning felt like it was all a dream. I had no back pain at all!! I haven’t been wearing my patches because it’s way too hot for them to stick.”
-“I’m stronger mentally then I would have EVER been without this situation. I would never change this life or this experience in my life!! I wish more people could see the beauty in front of them in their lives.”
-(9/25/11: One Year Strong) “Thanks to the many people that have been there for me during this test. I am so glad that there are so many wonderful, caring individuals that are willing to take the time out for me. I would like to thank my caregivers for giving me EVERYTHING that I need.”
-“It took a very LLOONNGG and ROUGH road to this moment but I have made it. I am officially a member of society with a Master’s of Science degree.”
D. Renee, if you read our blog post, we thank you for being brave enough to share your story. While sarcoma is a rare disease it is a real disease and your blog helps spread that message. To our supporters, these are just small excerpts of a beautifully written blog that is very real and honest. Please visit D. Renee’s blog “Young Statistician With Cancer.”