Hi!My name is Yangzi.I’m 15.I’m from China.I diagnosed with osteosarcoma on my right ankle in August,2009.The doctor did the biopsy at the wrong position,so they thought it was benign.(That was wierd).And then I had  a surgery on my ankle,after that they realized it was a cancer.I had chemo for 3 months in China.And I came to America in 2010.I had the amputation in June and had chemo for 5 month.Also I had a recovery surgery on my leg to make the bone area smooth. I have lived without cancer for 4 months.And I’m still doing physical therapy for the prosthesis.I feel kind of  lonely now,because I havn’t seen my friends for one year.I live in Philadelphia now.Because of I had cancer I hope I can stay in America for checking and to go to school soon.
Sorry,I’m learning English,I don’t If I confuse you.Thanks for listening!

March 17, 2011 by  
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  • Leah Shearer

    Hi Yangzi,

    Wow. You surely have a lot of strength. As I read this, I thought about what it would be like to go through all you have…and then to have to come to another country on top of it all.
    I am so grateful that you reached out to us. You will see that there are a lot of teens on here who can understand some of the feelings you have.

    I was young (not a teenager) but a young adult when I went through cancer. It is not easy, but I know that the internet makes it easier these days. Just think about what it is to write on a website and get support—even when you speak a different language.

    But in any language…cancer is a monster. Let’s fight that monster together.

    Let’s welcome Yangzi…

    Leah Shearer
    TLC Program Coordinator
    Rochester, NY

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