Cassandra C., the 17-year-old Connecticut teenager who initially refused chemotherapy only to be forced to undergo treatments, has been released from the hospital and has returned home to her family.
According to FOXCT, Cassandra C., also known as Cassandra Fortin, was released from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Monday afternoon after completing her last round of chemo. It was almost six months ago when the Department of Children and Families (DCF) took Cassandra C. out of the custody of her mother and forced her to undergo chemo for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. To this day, Cassandra feels DCF went “too far.”
“A lot of things that were done were unnecessary.”
Back in March, after receiving anonymous comments from people saying she doesn’t “deserve to be in remission,” Cassandra C. posted on her Facebook page that she refused to go through chemo, because she wanted to “explore alternative treatments.”
“Who is anyone to judge what remedies a person chooses for their own health? Regardless, I am very grateful to be in remission and that I’ve responded well with the chemotherapy.”
Cassandra added that the comments didn’t bother her, and she had “more important things to worry about.”
“I stood up and fought for my rights, and I don’t regret it.”
Cassandra C’s mother didn’t get to visit that often because of regulations implemented by DCF. But with the chemo treatments complete, the two have reunited, and Cassandra said she is glad to be with her mother again.
“She’s everything I have and five months felt like forever.”
Cassandra C. took to her Facebook page to thank those who supported her during the chemo process.
“Thank you to everyone for all the love and support over the past 5 months, I wouldn’t of [sic] been able to do it without you all. Words cannot describe how happy I am to finally be home, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my actual life.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cassandra C’s cancer went into remission back in March. While she’s still upset about being forced to go through chemo, Cassandra noted that she didn’t find the treatments to be “as bad as [she] thought it was going to be.”
Now that she has been released from the hospital, Cassandra C. mentioned that everyone will soon hear her perspective on how everything occurred.
“It’s been really difficult not being able to speak for myself. I mean, everyone’s seen my mom and DCF’s side to this, but I’m really happy that I can finally speak.”
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