Patients with cancer often feel lonely and isolated, but two young strangers have formed an unbreakable bond from fighting the same cancer in their early 20s.
Morgan Ellison, 23, and Madison McDaniel, 22, never knew each other until they stepped into a clinic last year.
"She was the first young person I saw in the infusion clinic," said Ellison.
"We were the youngest people by far," said McDaniel.
The two young women are fighting a rare form of ovarian cancer that only affects about 1,000 women in the U.S. each year. As luck would have it, they were diagnosed within weeks of each other and received treatment at the same hospital.
The girls had to endure nine grueling weeks of chemo. They talked and texted about the painful side effects.
When cancer patients bond and have a support system, studies show it can boost their psychological well-being and help them feel less anxious, fearful and depressed. UAB Dr. Rebecca Arend said she saw the friendship between Madison and Morgan do exactly that.
"Having that experience together was really beautiful as a physician to be able to witness," said Dr. Arend.
The last day of chemo for both girls was emotional for everyone.
They got to ring a bell to celebrate their last treatment and their cancer in remission. It's a battle they fought together and won together.
Doctors said that this type of ovarian cancer, known as "germ cell," is almost never fatal. There are about 22-thousand cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year and about five percent of them will be a germ cell tumor.
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2 young women form unbreakable bond while fighting ovarian cancer
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