A month after my first surgery, I began treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world's best cancer centers. The doctor said I was lucky because pain for ovarian cancer patients typically manifests when it is too late. I endured and survived the pain not only of the cancer but of the hospital's mistake so that I may be well again. I was determined to be well again so that I may start college in the fall. I began my freshmen year at Gustavus Adolphus College like I wanted, in the fall.
The week before the start of my sophomore year at college I was sexually assaulted. The impact of this experience has had a lasting effect not only in my personality but in my academics for the years to follow. I was strong when it first happened because I spoke out and I reported him. I did not press charges with the police but I notified the college and attempted to continue with my li