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Hair Extensions after Chemo Therapy

Chelsea’s Story 

Hair Extensions after Chemo Therapy

Hair Extensions after Chemo Therapy

Hi. My name is Chelsea McKita. When I was only 12 years old, I was a happy healthy 6th grader. I was on the cheerleading squad, I loved to play pickup games of basketball with my dad, and I rode my bike or walked EVERYWHERE. I was sad to leave my friends behind, but I couldn’t wait to start public junior high in 7th grade. I made it through the year, making a few close friends, I auditioned for the Spring musical, and I tried out for the 8th-grade cheer squad. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it, but I couldn’t understand why because I loved cheerleading so much, and I thought I was pretty good at it.

Towards the end of the year, in May of 2007, I had an appointment with my PCP, just for a checkup, but I also spoke to him about some pretty bad headaches that I had been getting, causing me to take medicine and nap very frequently. To be honest, my parents and I just assumed the headaches were due to puberty, and though the doctor agreed, she sent me to get a CT Scan. One week before the end of my 7th-grade year, I went to a local imaging center to get the scan. It revealed that I had a golf ball sized tumor in the back of my brain, and when I was taken to the ER at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the nurses and doctors decided that it had to be surgically removed.

Chelsea’s Story

The tumor was biopsied, and about a week later, I found out that it was cancerous. I endured 6 weeks of radiation treatments, and then 6 rounds of chemotherapy. After that came speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Finally, after all of that, I was free to go back to school and live my life as normally as possible. I started working part-time jobs here and there, I went to school, and I was able to hang out with friends almost every weekend. I even graduated high school with honors in 2012! That same year, I started college at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few years, as I was diagnosed with a recurrence in 2014. This time, it was about a week before I started my Junior year, so school stopped for me for 2 years. (honestly, it was a kind of welcome break) I am back at IUP now, planning to graduate in December, and as of right now, I am happy and healthy once again.*

Summer Vacation

In June of 2007, only one week until the start of my summer vacation, doctors found a golf ball sized tumor in the back of my brain. I was taken to the ER, and the doctors there said that, whether or not the tumor was cancerous, it needed to be taken out- I was having brain surgery. The surgery left me practically like a newborn- I couldn’t do anything for myself- I couldn’t talk, walk- I couldn’t even pour a glass of milk. Therefore, after I left the hospital, I had to endure speech, physical, and occupational therapy every day. In the years following, everything seemed to get better. I gained my strength