Sarina Smith
Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sarina was 3 ½-years-old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 B Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Before diagnosis, Sarina was a normal, active child. Her parents became concerned when a tumor the size of a golf ball grew out of her neck. When they received the horrible news that Sarina had cancer, they began the long journey to remission, finally reaching their destination when Sarina was 6 ½. Though she battles with the side effects of her cancer treatment, Sarina is an incredibly strong and confident young woman who looks for the good in every situation.

Crazy Wigs
By Sarina Smith, now 15 years old

I believe in crazy wigs…. When I was five years old I had cancer. During chemo treatment I was bald like most people are when going through cancer treatment, also sore and weak. One day my mom came back from shopping to my grandma's house. Me, my twin sister Elizabeth, my little cousin Dylan, my Uncle Brian and my Grandma were there like every day. My mom brought in two bags into the kitchen and pulled out wig after wig after wig. I'm not a wig person because I don't like to look like someone I'm not. As she pulled out the wig I think she could tell that I didn't want to wear the wigs.

There was a Dorothy wig from the "Wizard of Oz," a long blond wig with pink streaks and a couple more but I can't recall what they looked like. Now you need to know that my uncle is a crazy person, he will do anything to make you laugh.

While I was telling my mom that I really didn't want to wear the wigs my funny uncle decided that he wants to wear one (even though they were girl wigs). Then he put one on my cousin the Dorothy one. After that Elizabeth wanted to join the fun and put on a wig. Before I knew it I had one on!

People say when something tragic happens in a family that it brings them closer together and I honestly think that is true. You know what I might be crazy but I thank you cancer, for showing me how to be stronger and a kinder person to appreciate life more. I don't know what I would be like if I didn't have cancer.

Thank God for my family because I was never in it alone. From this day I look back and laugh on that moment - it was priceless. Every once and a while I look at the picture I took on that day and it makes me feel better.

I, Sarina Smith believe that when things get bad put on a crazy wig and laugh about it. That's what gets you through it and most of all you have to be strong and depend on your family for their support, that's what I did and look at me now hair grown out , considered cured in march. I look pretty darn good if I say so myself.

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