First impressions can be deceiving—especially in the case of Amanda. Beneath this polite 16-year-old’s reserved demeanor, there’s a wicked sense of humor—just ask her Chemo Pal, Christina. “She’s so funny,” she said. “The text messages I get from her are hilarious!”
A Chemo Pal to Connect With
Humor and positivity help Amanda tremendously as she manages her thalassemia, a blood disorder that requires constant monitoring and frequent transfusions. Christina is there to help too, providing friendship and support on long treatment days.
The two pals love to play Yahtzee and have been known to indulge in a little trash talking when the competition gets fierce. They also share a love for the Portland Trail Blazers and spend a lot of time chatting about Amanda’s favorite players, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.
Her Family’s Support
When it comes to school, Amanda is a fierce competitor and works hard to maintain her 4.0 GPA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. (She can even chop a piece of wood in half!) Family time is important to her too. “My family has done so much for me,” she said. “With their support, I know I can get through just about anything.”
Amanda says she’s also grateful for the support of her medical team and plans to follow in their footsteps by going into pediatrics someday. “I’ve met so many great doctors and nurses in the hospital. They’re really inspiring.”
For the doctors and nurses who are lucky enough to know this wise young lady, the feeling is mutual.
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