Tell Me a Story: Childhood Cancer Shaped Who He Would Become

Tell Me a Story: Childhood Cancer Shaped Who He Would Become


“I’m Joseph Dunn, I’m 29, and I’m a cancer survivor.” “I was diagnosed when I was eleven with leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia.” “My initial treatment was chemotherapy
and radiation. After I was in remission,” “that happened when I just entered
the seventh grade,” “I came every month and then they bumped me up to every three months,” “and then every six months. I’ve been coming back for” “fifteen years now every year. I think the
biggest memory” “that I have is just the multiple visits
I had and the interactions that I had” “here with the staff.” “it’s weird to say as a little kid I really liked coming here even though I knew” “you know, I was gonna get stuck and I was gonna get chemotherapy that” “would make me feel bad, but I really
enjoyed coming here to interact with,” “you know, my oncologist, my nurse
practitioner, all of nurses.” “It was just like another family.” “My name’s Judy Carrell and I’m a nurse practitioner.” “There aren’t many centers that do
follow their adult patients, so “it’s a rarity. it’s very neat to watch
these patients grow up and mature” “and go through the normal kind of life
struggles, but to see” “how, in many ways, their cancer experience
has” “made them into the individuals that they
are. I’ve done this for a lot of years and I” “don’t know but I could have stayed” “in ontology all those years had I not done
light affects clinic because” “it’s been very gratifying to see the
patients that we cure” “and to see what they’ve done with their
lives as they’ve” “gone forward.” “Joe, he always wanted to do
something in medicine.” I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to be involved in medicine” ” to kind of give back what I had gotten.” “He toyed with going” “to med school for a while and stayed
with the sciences, worked in the lab” “here for a while and eventually finished
his RN degree and is now working” “here at Children’s on the oncology unit as an RN.” “I watched him go through college, the normal kinds of” “college problems and issues and” “get married and grow up to be a very fine” “young adult.” “I hope that it’s made me a
better person.” “I just think that it makes me look at
life in a different view, in a different” “angle and” “makes me appreciate it more. Life is good.”