My name is Tatyana and I was diagnosed with leukemia in September of last year. I was on 6 North for all of my treatment. When I found out that I had cancer, I was shocked! I didn’t worry about not surviving because my mom said, "We will fight it and we will be done and you will have your normal life back." From that day forward, I tried my hardest to take my medications and get better.
I had some rough times and really fun times at Children’s Hospital Boston. Some things that I really enjoyed were eating pizza every Friday night in the Resource Room and learning how to paint with acrylics. Some of the rough times were swallowing gigantic horse pills and taking eye drops. Every day, I felt stronger, more mature and very brave. I thought about home every day and how I missed my family so very much. I had my family to support me and I am so grateful to have a loving family.
The day I was going home, I couldn’t believe that I made it and I was leaving the hospital. I felt so excited to go home and sleep in my own bed and not worrying about anything. Now I am one happy, healthy kid who KICKED cancer. I feel so proud of myself and how I accomplished my goal. I’m looking forward to my Make-A-Wish, which is a vacation in Hawaii with my mom, dad and two brothers.