December 10, 2016
Happy 4th of July everyone! We are excited to share Hannah’s story with you. She is an osteosarcoma (bone cancer) survivor that I met when we were in the hospital at the same time getting chemotherapy. She was just 12 then and I was 16. I heard a little girl crying across the hall and asked my nurse if I could go visit her and let her know she was not alone. We instantly connected. It was so reassuring for both of us to know that we were not the only ones in pain. Her progress since then has been unbelievable! I’m so grateful to get to tell her story all of these years later. Watch her video and scroll down to see more pictures to learn more about her!
We went to her family’s house after so they could show us these adorable puppies! The little 1-week old babies were so so so cute. Until one pooped on Hannah’s sister! I had to try really hard to contain my laughter.
I love this picture. This interview was a bit different than others Zach and I have been doing because a lot of survivors we interview we meet through Sofia Holub Wellness. Hannah and I hadn’t seen each other since remission but knew each other quite well before. Seeing her again brought back so many memories and allowed me to see clearly how far both of us had come since then. It really is remarkable.
Hannah has a condition called drop-foot that creates limitations in her mobility. Her foot has been numb since she got her surgery years ago so she has very little control over it. Because of this she would fall a lot or even just step weird and constantly be breaking bones in the affected leg and foot. Hearing that really broke my heart—but if you could just witness her amazing attitude and perseverance you would be as awe struck as I am. I know that Hannah has had some really low lows at times, but she continues enduring and seeking out answers and help. She eventually found a kinesiologist that helped her to work on the connection between her mind and leg and by the way she talked about it it seems like that was life changing. I am so proud of her and her accomplishments.
Here is another picture of the beautiful Hannah.
For anyone that is curious about how our interviews go, they are really very simple. Zach dances around the interviewee with the camera and I just get to have a conversation with them. We learn so much from these amazing survivors. Hannah and I relate to each other down to the details of our cancer journey because we had the same type and the same treatments. But what has been so amazing to me is that it doesn’t matter how unique and how different my diagnosis is from any other cancer survivor. The psychological components have consistently been one in the same. That connection is one I am trying to bring to cancer survivors around the world. May we all bind together in support of one another and embrace our new normal!