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Kristy conquers cancer

Myah Runyan

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Senior, Kristy McGaughey was diagnosed on October 6, 2006, with Acute Lymphobic Leukemia (A.L.L.). At the time of McGaughey’s sickness, she was living with her dad who was single and working hard to provide for the two of them.

McGaughey’s cancer treatment included Chemotherapy which normally lasted about an hour and a half per session. In addition, she received spinal treatments consisting of MD Anderson doctors having to take out bone marrow and having it lab-tested to see how many white blood cells were still in her bone marrow. McGaughey had to stay in the hospital up to six months.

“I was scared, angry, and confused,” said McGaughey. “At that time I was so young that I didn’t really understand what was going on”.

On January 17th, 2010 McGaughey was informed that she was cancer free. Even though she has been in remission for seven years there is still a chance the A.L.L. could return.

“I would never take having cancer back. It has made me who I am today, and it has taught me more about myself by making me appreciate everything I have,” said McGaughey. “I do not take anything for granted.”

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