GirlGI | Girl Gone International Issue 8 | Page 79

It was a hot summer night in June 2005, when the first symptom appeared, I had blood in my urine. My mom took me to the emergency room where they ran tests and then misdiagnosed me with urinary bladder infection. Luckily, my mom decided we should get a second opinion. It turned out that I had kidney cancer. At that time I was only 18 years old. It was a devastating blow. I had my left kidney removed followed by postoperative chemotherapy and radiation therapy. There are certain t