For Angie Long, child life specialist in the Grant and Norma Davis ChildLife Center at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 21 also turned out to be life-enhancing — for herself and the children she serves.
Angie was a junior at Kansas State University when she was diagnosed. After the initial shock, she began eight rounds of chemotherapy at Cancer Center of Kansas in Salina, then 37 rounds of radiation over three months at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
While in Houston for treatment, she began volunteering in M.D. Anderson’s pediatric unit, where she learned about child life specialists, specially trained clinical staff who help children and families cope with the challenges of hospitalization and illness.
Her experience with cancer has helped her comfort and encourage children going through cancer, and their parents.
Read more about Angie’s story and how all of her experiences as a patient have led her to help others in their time of need.