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You know Vanessa Bayer from her long-running stint on “Saturday Night Live,” and for hit comedies like “Trainwreck.” But long before her onscreen success, she was a regular kid growing up in the Cleveland area.

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The Orange High School graduate’s teenage years weren’t exactly easy.

“When I was 15, I was diagnosed with leukemia and that was such a difficult time. But also something that I really noticed, that was really helpful for me during that time, was the support of my friends and family who rallied around me,” Bayer said.

She’s written a new children’s book “How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear,” inspired by that chapter of her life.

“I wanted to write this book because I wanted to say to kids, and adults too, who don’t know what to do when they have a friend who’s sick or going through a difficult time…when someone’s sick the best thing to do is to reach out to them,” she told us.

Bayer says that when she was going through treatment at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, she just wanted to be like a normal teen

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LOCAL NEWS: Vanessa Bayer On Overcoming Cancer, Comedy And Cleveland Roots  was originally published on praisecleveland.com