#LastChemo: 'Attitude is everything,' says 21-year-old cancer survivor

February 15, 2015 | by Nicole White

#lastchemo: young cancer survivor Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor Trevor Hoffman, 21, celebrates his #LastChemo with a solid plan for 2015.

Trevor Hoffman was only 21 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but not even cancer could keep him off his motorcycles. (He has one for racing, and a couple just for fun.) Now a cancer survivor, Hoffman, who lives in La Verne, California, wrapped up his treatment Jan. 19 – just one day after his 21st birthday.

What was your diagnosis?

I was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. [Also known as RMS, rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue tumor in children, leading to tumors in muscles attached to bones. Although it can occur in many places in the body, the most common areas are the head, neck, arms, legs and urogenital tract.]

What would you tell other patients about to undergo chemotherapy? In other words, what do you know now that you wish you’d known then?

It’s definitely going to be a tough road no matter what. But attitude is everything. Try to keep the best focus on the outcome in the end. Keep a positive attitude. Even though it was a year of craziness, that was one of the things I felt I had the entire time.

The entire time, I continued racing motorcycles. I did that as my way of dealing with everything. It gave me something to look forward to on the weekends. I still continued to do that, to get out there, to enjoy it, to see the friends I had. I needed to have something to look forward to and keep my mind off of everything.

young cancer survivor Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor Trevor Hoffman, 21, didn't let cancer stand in the way of bike racing during treatment.

Now that you’ve reached the last chemo milestone, what are you looking forward to most?

Getting back to my daily routine. Waking up and realizing I have a goal to accomplish today – not just getting through treatment. I turned 21 in January. I’m the oldest of my friends, and I’m waiting for them to turn 21 so we can go to Vegas.


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