When I was 12-years-old I was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. Treatment for neuroblastoma is 15 months, but treatment at my local children’s hospital only lasted 6 months until they couldn’t do anything to treat me. I traveled to San Francisco and New York City seeking treatment to save my life. All the travel and treatments took an emotional and physical toll on me and my family.
During my first round of my chemotherapy, I was told I could start thinking of a wish. After careful deliberation I decided I wanted to go on a vacation to Hawaii. The idea of a trip to Hawaii was something positive to look forward to during my procedures and treatments. I planned every detail of my trip with my family and packed months in advance because I was so excited. During the trip I was able to swim with dolphins, snorkel, go to the Polynesian Culture Center and even buy my very own ukulele. Now that I’m home, I am taking ukulele lessons! Having a wish to think about was extremely helpful both mentally and physically.