My name is Caitlyn.
I am 20-years-old and a junior at the University of Texas at Tyler majoring in nursing and living my dream of playing college soccer.
In March, 2009, at the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. I had a tumor growing in my right sinus cavity which required immediate and aggressive chemotherapy.
I spent 5 months in and out of the hospital receiving treatment.
On August 10, 2009, I was declared cancer free.
Having cancer gave my life purpose and taught me not to take anything for granted and to appreciate everything.
After my treatment, I knew I wanted to become a nurse to help treat kids with cancer. I chose to attend the University of Texas at Tyler because of their top rated nursing school and the work ethic and high standards of their women’s soccer program.
I look forward to the day when I can use my education and personal experience with cancer as a pediatric oncology nurse helping to treat kids battling cancer.
Today’s run, in honor of Caitlyn, was scheduled 90 minutes at aerobic pace (interestingly enough, that’s the same total time of a soccer game).
Who will you meet tomorrow?