Sara Ferrante was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer when she was just two months old. Now she is 25 years cancer free and works as a registered nurse.
My name is Sara, and I am 25 years old. For the most part, I am an average woman in her mid 20s. I work. I pay bills. I spend time with my friends and family on the weekends. But there is something else that most people can’t see from the outside. I am a childhood cancer survivor. And this year, I am 25 years cancer free.
When I was 2 months old, I was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood liver cancer. After nine rounds of chemo and a surgery where they removed 80% of my liver, I was cancer free.
As a child, I was embarrassed to tell people that I was a cancer survivor. I didn’t fully understand how miraculous it was that I not only survived, but that I have very few long term effects of my treatment. I hid my scars and never spoke about it. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I changed my mind.