As I mentioned in my Intro blog I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was just barely 17 years old. My 17th birthday was in April, my high school graduation and sister’s wedding were in June, and my diagnosis was in July of 2009. The second day of my new job I had to leave early due to feeling sick and I was diagnosed with A.L.L that night. As you can see, this time was supposed to be the start of many great new things: college, work, growing up, etc. Well, life had a different plan for me apparently. I dealt with and defeated cancer in the time span of about 2 and a half years and was officially cured a little over a year ago, November 2, 2011. Cancer delayed and changed many things in my life.
I had started elementary school a year early as well as getting a head start on college by attending a dual credit program. My junior year of high school I switched schools and took high school classes as well as full time college classes at the College of Southern Nevada. I could have had my bachelor’s degree by the age of 19. My schooling had been pushed back by about two years though due to my diagnosis. I continued to take at least one online class a semester during my treatment. If it weren’t for my head start I would be going to college with students two years younger than me, but instead I am now with my own age group. So although the two factors kind of cancelled out in the end, it does not feel that way to me mentally. I have technically been in college for almost six years now. It gets very hard at times to stay motivated in school because it feels as though I will never get to my upper level major classes. I have one more semester of prerequisites for my major, but even that thought alone doesn’t feel like enough to keep me motivated to get good grades. It’s easy to think “These classes don’t even count for my major, so who cares.” One day while I was on Pinterest though, (ironically something that is very distracting to my school work!) I came across a quote, “Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” Often times it is easy to feel stagnant, unmoving, like the end goal is so utterly and completely far away that it seems inconceivable that I will ever even get there! But with each step, no matter how small, I am still moving and progressing. It is hard to feel this way when I am taking my lower level classes that I will never use in my field, but even these classes will impact my grades and what kind of graduate school I will eventually get into. I found this quote to be helpful at this time in my life so I wanted to share it with you all. Also, my question for this week is how much has cancer delayed your education or other things in your life? And how do you stay motivated?