Posts by Kirsten Efremov

Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

On November 20th of 1998 at the age of 10 I began my cancer journey. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I did 3 years of intense chemo and finished treatment November 2001. One year later November 22 2002, I relapsed with ALL. I went through another 3 years of chemo this time treatment also included cranial radiation. I finally finished treatment in 2005 and thought I was done. I successfully completed high school with my original class despite all the setbacks. I also went on to complete my bachelor of science in medical science contrary to doctors had told my parents.

Cancer and the Definition of Health

by Kirsten Efremov February 18, 2020

Are we ever truly healthy after a cancer diagnosis or treatment, especially as young adults? Can we take this current definition of health and use it to be “healthy” as a cancer patient’s, survivors, thrivers, warriors? Can we use a disease state to classify a new health term?

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I Have No Idea What I Am Doing

by Kirsten Efremov April 26, 2019

The challenges of navigating the adult health care system from a pediatric state of mind. Going from a child to adult happens gradually over time: Getting a part time job to ease you into the workforce; learning how to drive; parents teaching you how to cook, clean and be self sufficient.

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