Gailon W

My name is Gailon. I was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma two weeks before my 20th birthday. Near the end of my second year at university, I began to experience a persistent pain in my hip. I was misdiagnosed with bursitis and told to ice my joints and take Aleve. A few weeks later, at the insistence of my family and friends, I went in for an MRI where a mass the size of an infant was discovered. I then began treatment: chemo, radiation, surgery, more chemo, and more radiation. About six months after getting diagnosed I was able to go back to school and finish my undergraduate degree in social work. During treatment, I discovered my passion for oncology social work and the impact that it can have on people. I have since gone on to get my Master’s in Social Work and now work as an oncology social worker in Seattle, WA. I love the work Teen Cancer America is doing since it highlights issues specific to adolescents and young adults that can sometimes get overlooked. I am excited to be able to play a part in carrying out that mission.