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“I think of hell, like the whole word just means death. People don’t understand what you are going through, it’s not a joke.”

 

These are the words of Jessie Matthews, sophomore, who has been living a hard life since fourth grade. Her dad has suffered lymphoma three times: once when she was in fourth grade, seventh grade, and freshman year. According to Matthews, the hardest part about going through this was getting told.

 

“When I was told my dad had cancer again last year it felt as if everything was falling apart. And I couldn’t help but ask myself, ‘will he live through this again?’,” said Matthews.

 

Not only is the environment at home different for her, but school wasn’t the same either. Matthews said she found it hard to focus at school, like the only thing on her mind was if her dad was going to be okay.

 

Matthews wasn’t the only one to notice that the environment at school wasn’t where she wanted to be. Keira Boyle, sophomore, could tell that Matthew was struggling with keeping track of school things and dealing with her dad.

 

“When Jessie’s dad got diagnosed with cancer for the third time last year it hit me, too, like I was a part of the family. She was so upset all the time, it felt as if everything was a drag,” said Boyle.

 

With having good friends by Matthew’s side she felt like she had many people there by her side. Jessie explained that having people by her side helped her through this time with her family. Boyle has been a good example of what Jessie needed to push her through the dark part of this his time.

 

Back in about May her dad went to the hospital to receive something called a stem cell transplant. This is where they remove his stem cells and replace them with someone else’s healthy stem cells. This procedure left Matthews dad in the hospital for about three weeks since it completely wiped out his immune system.

 

Matthews is now happy to say that her dad is cancer free. Her dad received his scans back about four days ago and the scans showed that he was clear.

“After hearing that my dad was cancer free I was very relieved from all of the stress. It was like cries of joy, like everything was going back to normal,” said Matthews.
Though cancer may have meant death for her originally, thanks to treatment, life continues for her dad.

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