Honored Kid

Lindsey M.

Age 25
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Location

Edison, NJ, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

December 2005

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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My Story

Me & leuk. Hello, my name is Lindsey Nicole Miragliotta. I am currently a junior in Edison High School. In 2005, at the age of 9 I was diagnaosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). This significantly change my life. When I first found out I had no idea what was going on, but the nurses and doctors at Robert wood Cancer Institute of New Jersey helped me get a better understanding. I soon realized my life would change forever.There were times where I would get admited into the hospital week after week. My conditions were sometimes so bad that at times I couldnt attend school. Soon I didnt really care what was going on or how long it took, I just wanted it to be over. I would think of the glass being half full rather than half empty. sure it was hard but I had to do what it takes to be cured.I was soon on chemo, wich made me feel horrible.Then my hair fell out and came back in three times because of it! And I took about fifteen pills a week. I had to get a pick line, then afer a few years I got a port. I use to daydream about my life after I was cured and had long beautiful hair. And wishing everything had never happend. I use to ask my mom and dad, WHY ME ?But i remember my last chemo. With my doctor Dr.Dratchman my nurse practitioner Dawn Carey and my nurse Dawn Yuhas by my side I felt like a million dollars. After a few months I got sergery to remove my port because I didnt need it anymore. Everything felt like it was comming to an end!And then on April 20th 2008 I was done with everything. No more pills, nothing! I was done! I just had to go for a check up and a blood test every now and then. It was one of the happiest days of my life. And my Aunt and uncle got me a one night stay at a hotel to celebrate! Then in 2008 I got to go on a Make a Wish trip to the Bahamas. My mom, two sisters, Kelly and Jackie, and I stayed at the Atlantis hotel. We had such a great time. We got to swim with dolphins Now it is 2013 and I have a pretty good life. I have little bit longer than shoulder legnth blonde hair. I have a many great friends and a wonderful family. And I don't know where I would be without their support. For my future I hope to become a photographer of some sort and study at Monmouth University. The reason I joined St.Baldricks was to help out kids who have gone through what I have. Joining St.Baldricks has really changed my life. And I hope to be a part of this wonderful race to find a cure for childhood cancer forever. I Hope this year in school to get a group of students and maybe even teachers to shave their heads and raise money for cancer research.

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