CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Sorry I haven’t written for a long time…here’s why!


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EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 14-year old special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School. In 2016 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien.

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by Cass Huff

Hello B-Town Readers!

I apologize for not writing for a very long time. I have been recovering for these last couple months from my most recent (and hopefully last) surgery! One thing that happened recently is that I started high school!! It’s going okay so far.

A couple more exciting things that have happened in my life are, I was grand marshal in the Burien Fourth Of July parade, I won Citizen Of The Year from the City Council, (as I mentioned earlier) I finished my 39th, and hopefully final surgery, and I was on the news a couple of weeks ago for an organization that’s very close to my heart, Melodic Caring Project.

Melodic Caring Project is an organization that streams live music to hospitalized/chronically ill kids and teens. I am the Honorary Development Director. (If you want a blog on that later please let me know in the comments below.)

So as I mentioned earlier, I have been recovering from my previous surgery. It was a big one, the biggest one I’ll ever have actually. Back in early May I had a spinal fusion but leading to the spinal fusion, I was in the hospital for eight weeks. I will spare you the details. Yes that is very long stay for a thirteen almost fourteen year old girl, well, it’s a long stay in the hospital for anyone.

Most of the time, when people think a child or anyone for that matter, goes in for a major surgery they think it’s hard on the patient. But what they don’t realize is that the surgery also effects everyone around them. It affects the family, the friends, and even the staff who are taking care of the patient. When I was in the hospital, my mom stayed there with me 24/7. She only went home twice to nap throughout the entire eight weeks. It was a big toll on my grandma’s, my dad, my sisters, my friends…everyone. As well as it being hard on everyone, everyone who was on my team, nurses, doctors, residents, we all became sort of a family in a way. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. I played dozens of tricks on them (especially the residents) and we developed bonds.

When you go from seeing all of these people at least a couple times a day, every day, for eight weeks, to only seeing them every time you go to the hospital for an appointment (once every couple months) is a pretty hard transition. So yes, that stay was hard on everyone. But we also had a lot of fun. And I got to meet some more people!

Alright! Well, this is a pretty long blog, so I’m going to go. Until next time!

Over and out!

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8 Responses to “CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Sorry I haven’t written for a long time…here’s why!”
  1. Thank you for sharing your story. I cannot imagine all that you have gone through. You are one tough, strong young lady. And it is so thoughtful of you to think of all the others that are affected.

    I bet a lot of us would like to hear about some of the tricks you played (or is that your own secret).

    I love the Melodic Caring Project idea. Music can be so helpful and a bit of an escape sometimes.

    Enjoy high school!

  2. Char says:

    Hi Cass, I don’t know you, but certainly do admire your spunk. Eight weeks in the hospital is a very long time, and I’m sure everyone who knows you couldn’t wait for you to be home. I just wanted you t know that I hope this is your last surgery also. Fingers crossed, and sending positive vibes out into the Universe for you.

  3. Deena says:

    Great to hear from you again and that all went well with your surgery. Yes yes would love to hear more about your music projects!

  4. PJ says:

    Cassidy you were missed, you have such an amazing spirit and are so loved by so many, glad that you are on the road to recovery and hope your healing is going well. Praying NO MORE surgeries for you. Keep in touch with us here.

  5. Joanne Schaut says:

    Happy Days – Cassidy is back! I look forward to your publications as they always add something special to my day. Thank you Cassidy.

  6. Tracy DeCroce says:

    Great blog, Cass! First time I’m catching it. Look forward to reading more. I see why you are Citizen of the Year. I’d love a blog on Melodic Caring Project!

  7. Xander says:

    Hey Miss Huff!

    This is my first time reading your blog. Loving it. I’m stolen away by your strength and courage. In fact, your positive energy will be my fuel for the day, plus more. From how you describe your recovery process it sounds like you have an amazing family, doctors included 🙂

    Please tell more on the Melodic Caring Project and your position.

    Thank you for sharing! All my positive thoughts sent your way 🙂

  8. Frank constantino says:

    It’s great to hear from you again. You may not remember me but when you very young you leaved behind me in the Sherwood area.Inhave been following on the blog and it is amazing how far you have come. Hope you are having a great time in high school and wish the best for you in what every your goals are for the future.

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