My name is Natasha Verma. I have a unique upbringing having graduated from high school at the age of 15. By 17, I became the University of Texas’ youngest-ever graduate, earning two undergraduate degrees – in broadcast journalism and biology/pre-med. At 18, I earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
After working my way up the ladder in the television industry, I became an anchor and reporter for NBC in 2016.
I had no thoughts of slowing down until one morning, I felt a lump on my neck. Later that night at Fenway Park, my chest started to tighten. After a misdiagnosis, I advocated for my health and urged doctors for an ultrasound.
“You have cancer.”
Doctors found fast-growing malignant tumors on both sides of my collarbone and in my chest. I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors said I was the perfect candidate for the disease with no known cause: a healthy woman in my early 20s. I mockingly thought, “Great!”
With a race against time, I immediately underwent aggressive chemotherapy for months at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
For the first time, I was forced to press pause on my life to embark on the most difficult and enlightening journey yet.
I was shocked, heartbroken, and honestly, angry. With the incredible support of my family and friends, I was able to overcome the excruciating pain from chemotherapy and the emotional difficulties of hair loss. In the end, I came out a stronger person with an enriched perspective on life.
I put every ounce of faith in the brilliant doctors at Beth Israel. Thanks to Dr. Robin Joyce, Dr. Kartik Sehgal, nurse Jade Hering and my oncology team,
I am in remission.
The hardest part of my cancer treatment was chemotherapy. I was basically being pumped with poison. While that poison kills off bad fast-growing cells like cancer, it also kills the good cells that promote hair growth. Losing my hair was very difficult for me and finding the right wig was a challenge. I ended up wearing baseball caps on top of my wig during my cancer treatment, and I loved the look. I began to raise money and donate free-high quality Cap Wigs to women and children fighting cancer.
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