Growth & Perseverance

 

The life of a twelve year old kid is fun, easy, and enjoyable. This is the most care-free time in a person’s life. It is filled with absolute bliss. This is true of my very own life. Going to school, playing baseball, and hanging out with friends seemed to be the only concerns I had at twelve years old. Then suddenly, my life took a turn for the worst. I was playing baseball, and I felt some pain in my right hip. It was causing me to perform at a much lower level than before. The next step was a trip to the doctor’s office. Little did I know, this uncomfortable pain was much more severe than I expected. I was no longer considered an ordinary, vibrant twelve year old kid.

 

That pain turned out to be a malignant tumor. I was then diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. The usual patterns of my twelve year old life soon had to be amended. Biweekly trips to Children’s Healthcare became a normal routine. Chemotherapy and radiation affected my body in unnatural ways. It was difficult for I have never experienced such discomfort like I did during this time. I was an active and energetic guy, who was enthusiastic about life. Cancer came and it was absolutely devastating. Playing baseball and running with my friends was no longer an option for me, simply because my treatments were causing my body to withstand so much exhaustion. This was the lowest I’ve ever felt in my life. However, I knew that with perseverance and the help of my family, and my faith in God, I would make it through this tough period. It was miraculous for after seven months, I was healed and thankful to God for giving me strength to endure.

 

The protocol after one is cured of cancer is consistent checkups and screenings. The affected area, in this case, my right hip, is scanned for any signs of cancer cells redeveloping. I was on this same recovery path for some time. The scans looked positive each time, but after almost five years, the positive report was now dubious. I went in for a routine evaluation, and something appeared on my right hip. After undergoing a biopsy surgery, the Ewing’s sarcoma had come back. I certainly knew that a relapse was possible, but I never imagined it becoming a reality for me. I was to say the least, very shocked and overwhelmed. I am once again going to war with cancer. Because of my last victory, my excitement about being accepted to college, and my continued faith in God, I am prepared to battle
again.

 

My eventful past has definitely made me a better man and prepared me for this upcoming challenge. However, I trust and believe God’s Word in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”. Therefore, I will press on!

 

 

~Zachary Thompson

 

 

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