K&C - Hannah Packman, 19, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Weston with Deborah Bond Berk, LICSW, Senior Clinical Social Worker, Jimmy Fund Clinic, Dana-Farber 8-21-18

At 3 years old, Hannah had a bad cold and fever. As it seemed to be getting better, her joints became extremely sore, which prevented her from walking. She then developed a high fever.

Hannah was diagnosed in September 2002 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She underwent chemotherapy from 2002-2004. Her port-o-catheter was removed the day after her sixth birthday.

One of the things that she most vividly remembers was the playroom in the Jimmy Fund Clinic. She spent hours doing arts & crafts, playing on the “ship” (big boat structure the Clinic used to have), playing with Polly Pockets, and hanging out with her Clinic friends.

Hannah's hobbies include singing (she is in an acapella group), soccer (she doesn't play in college), and cooking.

Her family includes her parents, Jeff Packman and Karen Linde Packman, and sister, Julia, who is 22 years old and lives in New York.

In September, she will be a sophomore at Colby College in Waterville, ME. For the summer, she is interning in the Dana-Farber Communications Department.

Her grandfather, Ed Linde, was also treated at Dana-Farber and battled multiple myeloma for many years. He passed away in 2010.

Hannah’s relationship with Deborah: Deborah was always there. That is the number one thing about our relationship. No matter what was going on, she was there, whether that was when I was having shots in my leg (which I did each week for a while), getting Lumbar Punctures (which I hated more than anything in the world), or just waiting to get chemotherapy. We would play with the toys in her office, like the doll house she had, for hours on end. She provided me with these moments of relaxation and happiness even when I was feeling horrible. More importantly, looking back on it, she was such a huge support system for my entire family, especially my parents and sister.
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