Clear Creek High School Student Overcomes the Odds

Clear Creek High School Student Overcomes the Odds
Posted on 09/14/2018
Sophia Sereni

In April 2015, a month before her thirteenth birthday, Sophia Sereni sat in a hospital room with her family by her side as she received some life-changing news. She had been diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

At such a young age, it was hard for Sereni to grasp her new reality.

“You never think it’s going to be you,” Sereni said. “But once it happens, you realize how many people are affected by it and that you have to keep the faith and stay strong.”

After a month of chemotherapy at Texas Children’s Hospital, she was already in remission, but she still had a long road ahead of her.

“I responded to the treatment very well,” Sereni said. “What got me through is my faith, my mom pushing me, and all my church family and friends coming together to support me.”

When she was diagnosed, Sereni had to take a leave of absence from school due to the potential health risks on her immune system during treatment. After missing nearly her entire 8th grade year, she was finally able to return.

Now a junior at Clear Creek High School, Sereni reflects on her time through treatment and recovery while also battling the normal trials of being a teenager.

“It was really tough going through that because I wanted to see my friends,” Sereni said. “Middle school is an important time and I didn’t get to be a part of that. So, it was weird transitioning into high school after only going to a small part of 8th grade.”

This is when Sereni really found solace through her passion for music. It had always been a huge part of her life growing up as both of her parents and two older siblings were immersed in the arts. Her dad sang in the Sistine Chapel Choir when he was younger. Her mom learned how to play the piano when she was four years old and is now a music teacher at Ross Elementary in Clear Creek ISD.

Sereni has been a member of the Clear Creek High School choir since her freshman year. She has earned many accolades, including making the TMEA All-State Treble Choir as a sophomore.

“Choir has really changed my life,” Sereni said. “The support they have shown me through my treatment and the support they show me now is just amazing. I am honored to be a part of it.”

After undergoing two and a half years of treatment, Sereni can now celebrate her victory over cancer. As she looks to her future, she hopes to continue to share her musical gift after graduation as a music ministry major at Baylor University.

“It’s been a rough but amazing journey,” Sereni said smiling. “I’ve gotten so many blessings through this time and I just have to thank God and my friends and family.”

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which aims to raise support, funding and awareness of childhood cancers like Sereni’s. The Clear Creek ISD community will have the opportunity to join in on celebrating Sereni on Monday, September 17, 2018 as she sings the National Anthem at the Houston Astros baseball game representing The Sunshine Kids Foundation.

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