By Eden Strong for Babble
Dr. Jen Pratt was only 11 years old when an unrelenting pain in her knee landed her in the pediatrician’s office. After an X-ray revealed that a tumor was growing in her femur, her entire world was flipped upside down.
“Rather than being just a kid, I was forced into a world of doctor appointments, scans, hospitalizations, and surgeries,” Jen tells Babble.
Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, Jen soon learned that despite how overwhelming the situation was, the only thing she could do was to take the challenges one day at a time as she fought through chemotherapy and surgical interventions done in an effort to save her life.
“Getting through treatment is like a marathon,” she explains. “You just need to put one foot in front of the other to keep on going, with hopes of a finish line in mind.”
A finish line, which for her, included a perfectly timed Make-A-Wish trip to Walt Disney World – specifically the area called Give Kids the World, reserved just for Make-A-Wish children and their families.
And that support is what makes Jen’s story even more unique, because not only did she return to Disney as a volunteer at Give Kids the World, but she also returned to the very same hospital, Children’s Minnesota, that saved her life – this time to work as a doctor saving the lives of sick children.