Christiana R. of Pepperell
Through My Eyes: Leukemia at Age Four
Christiana Roszik was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. She battled the debilitating disease for four years before being declared cancer-free at age 8. With the support of her family, Christiana led a normal childhood – “I did gymnastics and anything else a normal kid would do.” Now 18, she’s turned her adversity into opportunity, publishing a book about her experiences to comfort to others with the disease.
After much research, Christiana began her editorial journey. Since she was four years old when the disease took hold, she could only remember bits and pieces of her treatment, which is where her mom came into play. Christiana interviewed her mother before writing each chapter to help fill in the gaps. Once she finished editing, Christiana published the book online. “I wanted to donate the book back to the community to give people hope, that cancer is something that you can beat!” Christiana donated a copy of her book to Why Me? Sherry’s House, as well as to U MASS Memorial Hospital.
“Completing my Gold Award and beating cancer are my two biggest accomplishments in life, and there are definitely more to come!” Christiana’s book, Through My Eyes: Leukemia at Age Four, is available at lulu.com. In the future she hopes to see a copy available in hospitals across the country.
Christiana is currently finishing her senior year in high school. In addition to a heavy homework load and a job, she is a three-sport student athlete (field hockey, basketball and tennis), and a die-hard Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox fan! Christiana plays the saxophone in the Accelerated Wind Symphony and is president of her school’s Best Buddies chapter. She will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in the fall as a Health Science major.
“I drive a 2011 Yamaha FZ 6R, and live every day to the fullest. Being happy is my key to life, because without happiness you’re really not truly living.”