Individual
Lubna
United States
Story

Approximately 4 years ago I had no idea my life was about to take an incredibly sharp turn from simply being a typical 20-year-old college student to fighting for my life within a matter of weeks. It began with slight pain in my left arm that rapidly worsened within a month until I could no longer bear it. Thinking I had just sprained a muscle, an MRI showed a 12 by 10 centimeter high grade tumor that had metastized from my chest wall to my arms and lungs. Immediately I was admitted into the hospital and received the news, I had stage 4 Sarcoma and a 7% chance of surviving.

From that moment on, my life was never the same again. I fought long and hard through multiple sessions of very aggressive rounds of chemotherapy that was given to me intravenously for five days, 24 hours a day. I had to remain in the hospital for 2 weeks at a time to receive treatment since I was unable to walk, eat, drink, or talk during the chemotherapy from how strong it was on my body. I lost every hair on my body and dropped 30 pounds within 2 months from being unable to eat. Radiation and surgery soon followed.

A miracle from God has gotten me to this day, 4 years later at 25-years old, I remain cancer free, with one year left to be termed an official survivor. My heart lies with those who are sitting in those hospital beds waiting for time to pass as they receive chemotherapy, I know how it feels to look into the mirror and not recognize the person looking back at you. I know how it feels to leave your house with a mask and an IV stuck to your chest while the world stares and gasps with confusion and pity. There’s always hope and no one should ever give up fighting because there’s so much beauty that comes from the endurance you build when you have battled cancer and you have survived the most intimidating and threatnening diagnosis of our time.

I would love to share my story to those whom are suffering the way I suffered, and give them hope that there is a light to look forward to, cancer is not the end, it is only the beginning.
With love, 
Lubna Jahjah

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