My Story


Sellers Philpott, Staff Writer

My name is Sellers Philpott and about two years ago, at the age of fourteen,  I was diagnosed with a cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was taken out of public school for the rest of the school year because the chemo made it very risky to come back to school.

Being in public school my whole life made this transition to online school very lonely because I was used to being around people at school every day. Also a lot of my friends never got the opportunity to come visit due to busy schedules and the time of year I was diagnosed, around flu season. Other than the time spent at home, I practically lived at Children’s Hospital. I had to go once a week, and I often visited the emergency rooms due to complications, like passing out, from the chemo. I often had to stay for several days while they ran many different tests.

The chemo itself was probably one of the hardest things to deal with, especially the very first round of it. The first round the doctors have no clue what kinds of symptoms you’ll experience until you’ve experienced them, which helps to set up for all your future rounds that you’ll receive, but, no matter what, you’ll always feel off. Then, depending on the mix of chemo you receive, you’ll probably lose your hair, and, honestly, the reality of it didn’t really set in until my hair started falling out clumps at a time.

After a total of four rounds of chemo, I was officially put into remission, the medical stage after treatment stage where they do scans every so often to make sure you remain cancer free. During this, I got to adjust back to school, which in itself was really difficult on me and my body. I also had to adjust to being around people, and, at first, I was really nervous because I was returning completely bald. After adjusting, I was later officially two years cancer free, and finished my first year since returning back. 

Now that I’m a senior and I’m officially two years cancer free, I’m looking to work towards becoming a child life specialist. I’m hoping that I can inspire many kids who are in the same boat I was years prior, and be a symbol of hope for them.