Take Charge

Angela's Story

February 01, 2016

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In 2008, Angela found out she had acute myeloid leukemia. She was just 30-years-old and a new mother to a 6-month-old daughter. She immediately was put into isolation and underwent inpatient chemotherapy followed by seven months of outpatient chemotherapy at Moffitt.

Her initial thoughts after the diagnosis were, “OK, show me the way, show me what I need to do so that I can beat this, move past it and get on with our lives.” 

Often alone due to her husband’s busy work schedule, Angela found comfort in the Moffitt treatment team who took care of her. The team became an extended family to Angela and her young daughter.

Moffitt was truly a home away from home, Angela says. Not long into her chemotherapy treatment, Angela's little girl learned to walk at Moffitt - a milestone both Angela and her husband were proud of, as were her Moffitt team members.

Self-renewed through exercise, careful nutrition and a big change in attitude about life, Angela has become a role model for other cancer survivors.