Will Corry’s Cancer Journey From Diagnosis to Recovery


(Photo courtesy of Will Corry)

any challenges such as balancing school, work, extracurricular activities, and more. However, one high schooler was faced with an even tougher challenge. 

Will Corry, a current junior, was diagnosed with cancer in 2021 when he was a freshman. Despite such a unique challenge, Will has overcome it and has made it a part of who he is today. 

“My battle with cancer definitely made me realize that I can overcome any challenge and taught me the importance of a positive mindset,” Corry said. “Always thinking optimistically and envisioning a normal future helped me stay hopeful that everything would be okay.”

Throughout his tough experience he learned that life can flip for anyone at any second for better or for worse. 

“My experience has taught me that anyone’s life can be flipped on its head at the blink of an eye, and that good health is never guaranteed,” Corry said. 

“When I got bloodwork done I thought I might just have an infection or a small problem, but it ended up being cancer and my survival was not guaranteed.”

While going through this experience, Corry found the importance of his friends. 

“The hardest challenge in the recovery process was not being able to see friends for so long,” Corry said. 

“My friends bring me joy, and so when I couldn’t see them and spend time with them it was hard to find happiness.”

“Never take things for granted” might be a cliche saying that people blowover, but for Corry, it’s something that he keeps in his mind on a day to day basis. 

 “A lot of the time we take advantage of the little things in life like being able to live in our own homes, but we don’t realize that these things can be stripped away from us at any given moment,” Corry said.

Corry has now been back at school for a year and has been playing soccer on the school team. 

“Being back at school and playing soccer means so much to me,” Corry said. 

“There was a time when I didn’t know what my future would look like, so being back to doing the things that I love and value the most makes me feel very fortunate and happy to be where I am today.”