Carolyn gets ready to shave her head for kids with cancer.
In January 1994, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of childhood cancer. I was 14 years old and in the 8th grade. Being diagnosed as a teen wasn’t easy. I became isolated from my friends and classmates, my priorities in life changed, and people treated my differently because I was the “girl with cancer.”
I was losing control over my life, when my friends were gaining control and independence in theirs. I had to stop going to school due to the risk of getting sick, and I got a tutor just so I could graduate on time. I spent my days in a hospital or at home alone. When I did get to spend time with my friends, no one knew what to say, and I grew apart from them.