Olivia’s Story

In August of 2013 I was diagnosed with a Synovial Sarcoma behind my right knee.
I had just graduated from college and was all set to move to MD to teach in a 2nd grade classroom.
I had to move back in with my mom. We live in PA.
I went through 4 rounds of inpatient chemo, surgery to remove the tumor, and 33 radiation treatments.
After my follow up scans I was declared cancer free.
However, in May of 2014 I was told that my cancer had spread to my lungs. Since then I have been doing various treatments to help keep my tumors at a manageable size.
Despite my cancer I strive to try and live like a normal 25 year old
I am very sarcastic and use my humor to help cope with my cancer.
I ride my horse, Joe, almost everyday. If it weren’t for horseback riding, I would have never discovered the tumor behind my right knee.
I recently participated in the Key to Keys trip with UCF as a support driver. This was my second year being part of that trip.
I am treated in the adult side of the oncology world.
Most of the time when I go for appointments there is usually a 20-30 year gap between me and everyone else in the waiting room.
Most people comment on how young I look and can’t believe I have cancer.
The support I have gained through this whole experience has shown me that there are people out there who truly care for you.
It can be family and friends or someone you haven’t met that is biking or running across the county.
My story is very short and sweet but if you want to know more about it feel free to check out my blog the Sarcastic Sarcoma.
There I go into more detail about some of the random stuff that’s happened since I was diagnosed.
I don’t like to dwell on the past; instead I try to stay in the present. Remember to enjoy the people around you and each new experience.
Thanks for spreading awareness about young adults with cancer.
Olivia

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