Cancer in the Rearview Mirror: Heather’s Survivor Story

Girl looking into the rearview mirror

Heather will share her story at the Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference on November 10, 2012

“I’ve been cancer free since 2003.” Has a nice ring to it, huh?

Move over, Mac Davis. Cancer is in the rearview mirror for Heather Hubbard, who will share her story at next Saturday’s Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference.

Diagnosed with lymphoma at age 16, Heather had a life changing moment at the very beginning of her treatment. And it’s a moment worth sharing still today – whether you’re battling cancer or just having a bad day.

That moment went like this (picture it, if you will): It’s August. In Texas. Your AC breaks down. You’re sleeping on an air mattress in the living room. You’re feeling sorry for yourself. Now imagine that, but while you’re going through chemotherapy.

Heather with her husband

Heather with her husband

But what Heather did next made all the difference. She had a heart to heart with her parents and changed her outlook. “I got up and never looked back,” Heather says.

After having a stem cell transplant on Dec. 8, she got out of the hospital just in time for Christmas. Even though she stayed out of school her junior year, Heather graduated from high school with her classmates. She went to Oklahoma University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in just 3 ½ years. Now a married woman, she works in Downtown Dallas.

A naturally positive person, Heather says she was asked over and over, “How can you be so positive?”.

You can hear her answer and the rest of her story at the After the Cancer Experience (ACE) Program’s Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference on Nov. 10.


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