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How Coping With Two Tumors Changed My Perspective on Life Forever

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Family dynamics shape who we are as humans and dictate how we cope and undergo experiences and life-changing events. I am originally from South Korea, and the social norms don’t usually allow for affection or closeness.

This dynamic became apparent when I was diagnosed with a tumor on my thyroid and eventually a tumor on my ovary. This caused me to move back to South Korea and leave the United States — where I had been attending boarding school since I was 16.

My boarding school experience was stressful due to the language barrier, the social and academic pressures, and the overwhelming need to do well.

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