Cancer at 17
Michaela Gunn was diagnosed with stomach cancer at 15. By the time she was 17, her stomach and large intestine had been removed, and the toxins produced by the cancerous tumors had scarred her skin. Michaela and her mom average 5 doctor visits a week, scheduled around her high school classes and sandwiched in between longer hospital stays of weeks or months due to complications. Her closest friends are permanent residents of the Royal Children's Hospital, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. As of August 2015, she's survived 3 times longer than anyone else who's had their stomach and large intestine removed, and she's graduated high school. Michaela Gunn is tougher than you are.