By: Reese Allen/Content Editor
“The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” – Dr. Jill Murray
High School has presented more challenges for senior Jenna Crocker than for most. In her junior year she was diagnosed with leukemia, a blood cancer that hinders the body’s ability to fight infection. Soon after her diagnosis, Crocker found herself in the position of having to take her classes remotely in order to maintain a treatment schedule and avoid catching others’ germs–and this was before the pandemic put others in a similar learning situation.
In her junior year, Crocker was in and out of the hospital for treatments while having to manage a full load of AP classes in school. Although it was a struggle in the beginning, she learned how to manage a hectic schedule by leaning on family and friends for assistance.
Crocker says her friends have been an amazing support system.
“Whether I needed someone to talk to or just someone to hangout with, they were always there for me.”
Her family, too, provided and continues to provide support. In fact, she says she became best friends with both her mother and father.
“I spent a lot of time with my mother and father driving up to Syracuse for treatments and spending time with them at home. I feel like I have the support of the whole school community and that my teachers and Blue Ridge students are rooting for my recovery.”
Her leukemia treatments are scheduled to end soon and Crocker says she is ready to move on. She plans to attend college next year, major in biology and hopefully become a physician’s assistant.
With graduation around the corner, Crocker says her experience has made her aware of what really counts. Her advice to underclassmen, she says, is “don’t sweat the small stuff, high school drama is a lot less important than it seems, work hard, but don’t let it steal your fun.”
Crocker is a three-year member of the National Honor Society. She participated in choir for two years and was a member of the volleyball team for one season.