by Emmy Liederman & Morgan Sturdevant
Katie DeMasi is a WHS class of 2012 alumna, a former Hi’s Eye staffer, a University of Delaware graduate and, as of July, a registered nurse.
She also happens to be living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Following her diagnosis in August, DeMasi started her blog Tuesdays with Katie. Through weekly posts, she documents her journey with this illness. What makes DeMasi’s blog unique is her sense of humor in spite of the circumstances. “A lot of funny things have also come out of this, so I thought maybe I could shed a humorous light on cancer to make people, and myself, less scared of the Big C,” she said.
Even when DeMasi uses her blog to share her worst days, her bubbly personality and optimism never fail to shine through. In one blog post, she writes: “As the days pass by, I realize how much closer I am to the finish line of this stupid race. I will save my crisis for when I’m 50 and feel the need to buy a sports car or a dog or a Birkin bag or whatever people do when they have a mid-life crisis.”
Although DeMasi works to maintain a positive attitude, she is unapologetic about the realities of being a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. “What really changed is that every day I am always thinking about my diagnosis,” she said. “I am reminded of it constantly, whether that be finding strands of hair on my pillow when I wake up in the morning, not feeling well, the fact that my life has been put totally on hold and my plans have completely changed, [or] not enjoying some of the foods I used to,” she said.
Although this is not the start to post-graduate life DeMasi had anticipated, she recognizes the value of her battle with cancer in her journey toward becoming a working nurse. “I am hoping that this experience will help me empathize with my future patients and make me the best possible nurse,” she said.
As for the future of her blog, DeMasi will continue to devote her Tuesdays to sharing her stories. “I am going to keep blogging throughout my treatment and hope to continue it even after I start working,” she said. “I want people to know that they are not alone and that we can stay optimistic through a process that has a lot of ups and downs.”