Amid all the ordeals, large and small, that came from being an active college student diagnosed with cancer, Jake Teitelbaum showed his frustration in one place: the plain, white “hospital socks.” Standard-issue for all in-patient stays — the Wake Forest University student had several while battling a resistant form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year — the socks were everything he hated about his situation.
“Each time you get admitted, you get the welcome package, right?” Teitelbaum said, with a sarcastic chuckle. “I remember getting that welcome package and those socks standing out. They were like the epitome of what I didn’t want.
”What he didn’t want was a stem cell transplant that would require him to live in near-isolation for weeks. He didn’t want the chemotherapy that had left his body weakened and dependent on help. He didn’t want to be a college senior with cancer.