Shauna’s Survivor Story

Shauna's Survivor Story

“This is real. Cancer is occurring more often in kids, and we need to let people know.” These are the words of 18-year-old cancer survivor Shauna George.

She shared her cancer story publicly for the first time in an event on Sept. 1 that kicked off National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Shauna was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing’s sarcoma in April 2010. A patient at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, Shauna’s been through it all – chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and therapy.

But it’s how she approached cancer that sets her apart. “I was positive, and I think having a positive attitude is huge,” says the articulate and passionate teenager whose last treatment was in March 2011. “I have to admit, I miss Children’s. I loved my nurses. They would sit in my room and talk to me. They were more than nurses, they were my friends.”

Shauna refers to cancer as a “blessing in disguise,” because she says it changed her in a good way. This recent high school graduate wants to do her part in bringing attention to National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To her, it’s a time to honor the kids who’ve survived as well as those who are still battling. Shauna wants teens and kids like her to know they are not alone in the fight against cancer.

“It’s hard. It’s hard on patients and their parents. It takes a lot of support, time and energy. And it’s shocking how little funding there is for childhood cancer. Something needs to happen. Children are the future of the world.”

If you would like to make a difference by supporting Children’s during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, you can visit http://www.childrens.com/giving/.

 

 

 

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17 Responses to Shauna’s Survivor Story

  1. Amanda December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    So inspiring! Way to go Shauna!

  2. Shiann fuller December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Im glad you were okay through this and you were very stronger through it

  3. Shiann fuller December 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Such a brave a positive person

  4. Devin December 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Wish u luck with the cancer…

    • Elizabeth December 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      I hope you have a very happy life. And life it well.

  5. Aspyn December 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Keep smiling!

  6. Emily December 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Amazing story! She’s very inspiring.

  7. Maddi December 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    This is amazing! I wish her well in the future!

  8. Brandi December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Such a brave little girl! This is so inspiring.

  9. Laurin December 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Such an inspiring story!

  10. Audrey Wellborn December 14, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    So inspiring! Such a brave and positive person!

  11. Whitney Wyatt September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks for your comments. I like the words you used to describe Shauna and her story – brave, hope, faith. She embodies all of them!

  12. Rachel Connell September 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Great story & message of hope!

  13. Ranae Wyatt September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    This is a very inspiring story-keep smiling and have faith.

  14. Katie Carruth September 18, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Such a brave little girl! Many blessings!

  15. Whitney Wyatt September 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I agree – I love her attitude towards cancer!!

  16. Cristy Ecton September 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Shauna, WOW! How brave of you to share your story and on such a significant day. Best wishes on your future endeavors.

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