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“I don’t know all the nitty gritty but I just know that, that’s the reason a lot of people think, ‘Oh you have cancer, you have a mass or a tumor, it looks like you should just be able to cut it out,’” Livingston said. “And yes I have masses in my lymphatic system but it’s also all in my blood. And so that’s why you have to do so much chemo.” 

Every other Monday for six months, Livingston went to get her next round of chemo with a brave face, fully aware of the side effects that would follow.

Sydney Livingston frames the scar from her chemotherapy port with her hands.

“Eventually the smell of saline, and hospital smells start to be super triggering,” Livingston said. “And so then I would like to go home and just try to put myself to bed, because for the next like 24 hours I’d feel awful. And that was my least favorite part was, just feeling like a walking zombie — you feel bloated, you feel sick, you feel tired, you feel hungry all at the same time.” 

Even while recieving regular bi-weekly chemo treatments, Livingston pushed herself to maintain the active lifestyle she enjoyed, pushing herself to go for jogs, walks, bike rides, and do yoga when she was feeling stable. 

“I am so proud of her,” Abby Livingston said. “She was really strong through it all and never gave up, even though it was hard at times she always kept fighting — and even beyond that, she kept working out and didn’t want to lose her strength. I really look up to her, she’s really strong and she is an inspiration.”

Despite the circumstances that Livingston was facing, she was determined to continue moving forward and making the most out of every situation.

https://www.upbeacon.com/article/2021/04/sydney-livingston-profile

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