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Caitlynne McGaff

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Her Story: I Survived Cancer


When most people my age talk about a day they’ll never forget, they mention getting their license, or a great sweet sixteen party. For me, it’s a little different. I’ll never forget March 1, 2001, because it was the day I was diagnosed with cancer. I was just 6 years old at the time, and I didn’t fully understand what was happening when the doctor said I had a bone tumor known as osteosarcoma growing just above my knee.  But, from the shocked looks on my parents’ faces, I knew it was big. The rest of the day is a blur. We went from doctor to doctor, office to office, as my new medical team explained my treatment plan to my parents and me.