17-year-old says singing helped on her way to being cancer-free

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- If you ever wander into Franca's Real Italian Restaurant in Clear Lake, you might notice a new singer.

She's only 17, but has been through more than most adults.

"I feel great," said Sophia Sereni. "I think I'm three years off of treatment now, and I feel like a normal kid."

Sereni beat leukemia back in 2017.

She even started writing her own songs while in the hospital.

"It really helped me cope with everything that I was going through at the time. I feel like it still does," she explained.

Sereni is now preparing to go to college, where she hopes to study music and religion.

"I don't know if I would say I'm an inspiration to other people," she said. "But I just want to make people know that they're not the only ones out there and that there's always somebody to talk to."

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