Maggie Rodriguez

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Meet Maggie…

A 21-year-old from San Diego, CA, Maggie bakes and spends as much time as possible with her family. She also likes watching movies and has beento a few Seany Movie Nights. (“Going to see a movie with other patients and their families was great. Hearing them all laugh and seeing them all smile is an amazing site.”) But maggie also spends a lot of her time getting cancer treatments.

Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on May 20, 2009. She has relapsed twice in her right lung. “Before l was diagnosed, there where some days that I couldn’t walk on [my right leg]. it had a really hot spot; after the six months, that hot spot became a big bump.” Maggie was misdiagnosed with growing pains for six months.

To cope with the stress from treatment and being in the hospital, Maggie watched a lot of baking shows. And every time she was able to go home (“whlch wasn’t a lot”), she would go shopping. She’s also very thankful for the support her friends and family gave her while in the hospital. “My best friend showed her love and support by sending me a card every day.” Maggie’s three closest guy friends also visited Maggie nearly every weekend. Two of those guys even shaved their heads to show support. “We were all bald for awhile.” Also, her family spent as much time as possible with Maggie, bringing her movies to watch, stuff to eat (if she could eat at the time), and tea to drink. “My whole family, friends, and neighbors showed a lot of love and support for me.”

Maggie thinks people who are not currently dealing with cancer should know…

“For those people that aren’t currently dealing with cancer would just like to tell them don’t take the little things in life for granted. Like walking to the kitchen, eating your favorite meal, brushing your hair. Cancer just didn’t affect me; it affected everyone in my life. You need to support the child that is dealing with this disease but remember that their families need just as much as sup- port. They are going through this with their loved one. Maybe not physically but emotionally.”

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