A Life or Death Battle With Cancer

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Now cancer-free, Emily Suckow is rarely seen without a smile on her face. Photo by Casey Facer

Now cancer-free, Emily Suckow is rarely seen without a smile on her face. Photo by Casey Facer

They say that the quiet people have the most to deal with. When she was 13 years old, Emily Suckow faced the life or death battle of cancer. She was in a school play and after it was over, Emily never gained her energy back due to cancer. She had blood cancer, leukemia, and a “tumor-like mass of cells” on her heart and lungs, making it difficult for her to breathe. When she found out about it, she was scared because her birth mom died of cancer. Emily said that “she wasn’t fully confident about how things would turn out for her.” Because the cancer was caught late, Emily was very near death. Her oncologist, Hissan Yaish, called her “the miracle patient” because there was no reason she should have survived. Over the course of treatment, Emily said that “the diagnosis is what caused her lifelong pains.”

On the bright side, Emily learned who her friends really were as she had people who visited her during her time of need. However, not everyone was this sentimental. Even her close friends seemed to “disappear” when they found out about the tragic news. The recovery process caused Emily see life from a new light. During the process, she became depressed, feeling like she didn’t want to keep moving forward as it felt like a suffering that would last an eternity.

Though she still has depression today, she is able to keep her head up high and say that there is hope. To other cancer patients, Emily would confidently say “don’t give up, it’s not over and it’s not the end but rather the beginning of a journey that will be a memorable one.”

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