The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Wish come true

Johanna Johnson, 16, stood amid the New York Philharmonic holding her new oboe, sharing applause with one of the world's greatest orchestras. It was her dream come true, and a far cry from the nightmare she'd been living through for months.

It started in April 1999 when Johanna complained to her parents about a stiff neck and showed them a small bump. At first the doctor thought it wasn't serious. It was.

"I was lying on my bed; my mom was on the phone when the doctor called and said it was Hodgkin's," Johanna recalls. "The doctor said I'd have to start chemotherapy, and then I realized, this is serious."

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