DHK - Maggie Stillman, 18, Hodgkin lymphoma, Scituate 8-15-17

Two weeks before her birthday, Maggie was at a football game and touched the base of her neck where she noticed a bump. She initially thought it was a swollen lymph node, but after further testing, she learned that she had a mass in her chest and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Her treatment included chemotherapy for several months and she finished her active treatment in March. Maggie just graduated from Notre Dame Academy and will attend Marquette University in the fall. After undergoing her treatment at Dana-Farber, she wants to become a Nurse Practitioner. She had not even applied to nursing schools, but after hearing her story, Marquette offered her a spot in their nursing program.Separately, Maggie was born with a leg deformity and spent a lot of time at Children's Hospital. She has volunteered at Children's Hospital as part of the high school program for the past 2 years. She played basketball growing up and loves to follow all sports. She also enjoys reading, the beach and spending time with her friends and family. Maggie has 2 siblings: Johnny, 22, and Geoffrey, 20.


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And he said he just got a call from the badgers and Nigel it's wants it to me it's tickets to go watch them at Madison Square Garden what are you doing this weekend but not a suspect yeah. That's great leader to go to Marquette in the fall yet I gonna have to be. Know that yes I am Marquette and but I think I I'll always that there's rightfully so yes they treat you as well as that Don I'm rooting for them now. So where do you stand in treatment and recovery I let it ours my last treatment lies march 20 217. And healthy look crest act the act dating back at my old self I have worked out in the active saint diapers as far. Did you wanna be a nurse practitioner before the diagnosis out of this diagnosis that okay that's what I need to do yes so. After I I always knew that it might do something radical and their treatment miners is amazing and like. They just inspired me throughout treatment and prognosis just sat in testing activities that I'd really love to do that. 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Or are you as it worked out yeah well. You gotta be done with treatment because Johnny it yeah exactly I I had to take the team just like. And it Diana as a unit that's. The Marquette in the walls even like I have a week from today and yet the site there are excited. I respect both ends up content so everybody's out there besides us. Your roommate accurately and I talked to yes yes early not seen ice now dual. Canada terrible idea and everybody me that a roommate sounds and yet it's she seems to. Be for. A hundred are. By senator room I don't. Measures to be. Boundaries yet. Maggie you're delight idea I am so thrilled that things have gone so well Gloria can't wait to see what the what happens with your college career if you're gonna it's great stuff there. Bank antique your brother operated he can I have I have tried my best really check list thanks for coming in intensity right. Maggie Stillman from a set to it who's headed for Marquette the fall. 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