Savahana Scott - Indiana Interview by Oliva Bush Nomination by Lori Sutphin Photography by KelGrand Photography Issue 35 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Savahana Scott was diagnosed with Cancer when she was 2 years old. She fought that monster for 4.5 years with everything she had! There were times during her illness, her victory seemed to get further and further away, as she had many complications which furthered her treatment protocol. . But she never gave up. Over the years she has worked through and overcome so many obstacles, due to that illness. She plays travel and High School l softball, as a pitcher, she is involved in her school political clubs, she has participated in mentoring incoming students to her school, she works as a lifeguard in our community and often does events, gives speeches and speaks to elementary children about her journey, to raise money for Riley Childrens Hospital, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Although some days are hard, she continues to give everything 100%, with a smile on her face. She plans to attend college and purse the medical field in pediatrics. She is truly such an inspiring young teen, that has such an impact on the young and old!
Photography by KelGrand Photography
What was hard with cancer, and what inspired you to push through the rough times? Watching other kids do things that I couldn't do, because of my illness. Even at a young age, I remember that making me sad, and knowing that taking my medicine was vital to my recovery. God always has a plan, and I rely on that knowledge to push me to better days.
What piece of advice would you give others to help them do the same as you? Always believe in yourself, have confidence, and know that today is just a very small steppingstone to a much bigger future.
How do you push through the obstacles that cancer left you with? I have learned to live with the effects of my illness and recovery over time. Patience and knowing as time passes, it will get better. I fully apply myself to every aspect of life, to not miss a moment and I refuse to let my diagnosis define me or my ambition. I stay healthy, take care of my body, and will never take my health for granted.
Photography by KelGrand Photography
What are these obstacles? Physically, I have experienced a few long-term chemo affects. Calcification in my ankle joints and sensitivity to any kind of cream or lotion on my face. I experienced severe chemo burn, shortly after the 4.5 year protocol of chemotherapy treatment, was finished and therefore I find myself needing to use hypo allergenic everything. I also experienced, and continue to from time to time, reaction to UV rays. Mentally, the future can be somewhat scary, as the length of time and high dose chemo could create long term affects. I don't focus on that but instead, live for today.
What is it like getting to speak to elementary school kids about what you have gone through? I find it very satisfying! They ask really great, and funny questions. I like explaining the importance of taking care of yourself and being kind to others, as you never know what they might be going through.
How did you come up with this idea? I was invited to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and am very passionate about sharing my story. I just want to help young kids understand that its ok to be different, illness shouldn't define you and to always be nice to others.
Photography by Lori Sutphin
How long have you been playing softball?What is your favorite memory playing? 10 years Last season I had a coach that was amazing. I was in a slump and wasn't performing my best. It was my last game with a team and coaches I loved. We were in the semi-finals game at the World Series, in Johnson City TN. I was up to bat. We needed a hit. Coach Eric Rail looked at me and said 'No matter what happens up there, I will always be proud of you” We didn't win the game, lost by 1. But I got that hit. One of my most rewarding moments ever.
What are some goals that you have for your future? I plan to attend college to get my BSN, then work as an RN, working my way to becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Savahana will be featured in issue 35 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!