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Posts by Hailey Quackenbush

Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+

Hailey Quackenbush is an Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+ survivor and is currently in treatment (which is thankfully keeping him NED) on an outpatient, oral targeted therapy for a recurrence. He holds a degree in Natural History, and his field work during college took him to many different places, from excavating a dinosaur skeleton in Colorado to studying elephants, lions, and other wildlife in South Africa. Before his recurrence, he worked at an animal rescue farm and he has more recently begun working as an actor and singer in musical theatre. He also plays with his town’s Ukulele Society, volunteers with the local Nature Center; and among other things he enjoys reading, writing poetry, playing the guitar and piano, spending time outside, and spending time with family and friends.

Storm of Words

by Hailey Quackenbush January 9, 2024

Woody Guthrie cried out
into the rising dust,
“I’ve heard a storm
of words in me” ––
A storm of words…


Into the Woods

by Hailey Quackenbush July 26, 2023

Cancer is one of those things in life that everyone understands is a tragic occurrence, but no one *really* understands what it’s like unless they’ve been through it, or are close to someone who has—which is one of the reasons, of course, why it can feel especially isolating to be an AYA cancer patient.