Teen Shares Journey Through Childhood Cancer

Cancer has changed a lot in Jazmyn Polk’s life, both physically and emotionally. But it has not stopped her from being a positive example to others with the disease.

Watch Jazmyn’s candid account of her journey through childhood cancer.



Jazmyn recently designed the artwork for the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month T-shirt. The T-shirt illustrates a day in the life with cancer.

CCAM_Artwork_v1“There is a little girl hooked up to an IV pole, and she doesn’t have any hair,” says Jazmyn. “I put a lot of words on the shirt…what you think about when you go through it.”

In August 2012, the 14-year-old from Irving noticed a lump in her leg, and scans soon revealed osteosarcoma – bone cancer. She explains that a typical day with cancer is hard, because “you get poked a lot, and it is a struggle because you cannot do all the things you used to.”

Jazmyn desires to encourage other cancer patients, and she would like to work in the medical field someday.

Cancer makes you think about how you judge people just when you see them. You don’t know what they are going through.”


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