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Irene’s Survivor Story

The story detailed below is an account written by Irene after her jIrene's Survivor Storyourney with Ewing’s sarcoma. She is now a full time student, a mother and plans to start her own non profit to help in the childhood cancer community. 

In May 2014, Irene was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma after experiencing terrible pain in her lower right leg. Treatment included 27 rounds of high dose chemotherapy and limb salvage surgery.

“Because of immunosuppression from chemotherapy, I caught a hospital borne infection which led me to go into septic shock and as a result I had to have an above the knee amputation.”

On May 14, 2015 I rang the bell and I had to go through five years of remission to be declared cured. I went through many subsequent surgeries and had many complications due to treatment over these last five years.

ACCO has inspired me in all the work you do, which has led me to give back to the pediatric community.

What is one piece of advice you give someone on treatment or newly diagnosed?

Even though you may not see the light at the end of the tunnel during treatment because treatment is so hard, I promise you that light will be there waiting for you.

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