Audrey Wagoner: Cancer Survivor at 16 

Inspirational Feature By J1 Reporter Lucy Boever

Cancer.

Not something anyone ever wants to hear. But especially not at the age of 16.

For Audrey Wagoner getting the news she had cancer was quite a shock. On May 28, 2015 she was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer the effects the lymph system. The lymph system helps fight off some diseases and infections.

On the last day of school before summer break of her sophomore year, as her classmates were planning their summers, Audrey Wagoner was noticing something different. A small lump had begun to develop on her neck, growing just past her shoulder. When the doctors gave her the news that it was cancer Wagoner said, “I was really sad but I had been researching the lump a lot and had a feeling it was cancer.”

In the months to follow, she spent most of her time sleeping, watching tv, going to the doctor, and receiving visits from friends. She would frequently have her blood drawn and upon receiving the results, either have a blood transfusion or be allowed to go home.

During this time someone who really inspired her, Wagoner said, was Mrs. Karen Brown, the former Front Office Manager who was also battling cancer.

On Sept. 17, 2015 Audrey Wagoner and her family received the news they had all been waiting for.

Audrey Wagoner

Audrey Wagoner, age 16

She was cancer free.

She celebrated with both friends and family after receiving the good news. After months of worry at the unknown, Wagoner was able to celebrate.

Wagoner is not currently attended school full time. Both she and her immune system, which was effected by both the cancer and the chemotherapy, are still recovering. Her strength and her determination are an inspiration to many.

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