A light pain that became a heavy malignant tumor
Minseo felt some pain in her leg on a winter day, when she was excited to enter arts high school. Minseo took this pain lightly, thinking ‘maybe it is because I walked lot’, however, the pain got worse and she went to see her doctor. At first, she consulted her orthopedist but the pain was not relieved. She went to a big hospital and there, she was diagnosed ‘osteosarcoma’, a disease that she never heard about.
*Osteosarcoma: A malignant tumor developed in the bones, that occurs frequently during teenagers’ growth period. It mostly develops in the parts where bones grow fast.
<Minseo’s notetaking and her first short story>
Sweet seventeen in the surgery room, having a transplant operation and 6 times of chemotherapy
Minseo who was supposed to wear her new high school uniform and enjoy writing classes had a transplant operation last May, after removing her left shinbone that had a malignant tumor. In case of metastasis, she got an artificial joint surgery on her left knee as well. After that she had 6 times of chemotherapy. Whenever she saw a handful of hair when she woke up, she cried asking herself ‘why is this happening to me?’. It was writing that comforted her whenever she was sad..
<Minseo, taking rehabilitation therapy>
“Because I had a hard time due to my illness, I think I can do unique writings”
The lonely and bright full moon accompanied Yeonjun’s loneliness and melancholy.
-Excerpt from the short story “The Full Moon and an Empty House” by Minseo
Piles of notes around the bed are guarding Minseo like the full moon of her story. She says that the pain goes away when she writes about her feelings and her dreams. Minseo, who is fighting her diseases with the writing, has one true wish.
A laptop that will realise Minseo’s dream
Currently, Minseo writes with a pen and due to the treatments that diminished her strength, she gets exhausted when she writes her stories. However, she wishes to continue her writing.
‘Writing a novel with her favourite people as the main characters’ is on Minseo’s bucket list. Minseo needs a laptop to realise her dream which is writing whenever and wherever she is.
If Minseo’s wish comes true, she will be able to take a closer step to her dream which is becoming an author. Minseo was readmitted to the hospital and got another surgery because the doctors told her that the bone where she got surgery might have cracks. Minseo is still fighting her disease. Please support Minseo’s wish and donate so that she can overcome her illness and become a writer. With your participation, Minseo and her novel can have a happy ending.