I Live Against It
Dehydrated, sedated, and scared I went into nine hours that became the climax of my eighteen years. Dr. Bruce A. K. headed up the procedure, partly removing a cancerous tumor from my brain stem on July 26th, 2007. When life’s going seemingly perfect, bumps always find their way in.
I’m not pleading sympathy, nor do I expect any. Simply, I’m giving you what life has given me, an understanding. Life is short, long, and everywhere in between. Cancer was a five letter word that opened my eyes to the future. I’m not sure of the time I have in this life, nor is anyone. My life is meant to change. Whether that is changing the world, or one life. I often wonder what I will have left behind when I’ve drawn my last breath.
When something lives within you, you’re aware of its ceaseless presence. Sometimes it gets the best of me.
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I’ve decided against giving in to it. Nothing will hold me back from the life I deserve. People often ask me, “What’s it like living with cancer?” I’m not living with cancer. Every day I wake up and live against cancer. It is part of my story but only one factor that has shaped my life. I believe that interactions with other humans are the main shaping of your life. This is why I cannot wait to experience a part of the country beyond my backyard. Everyone and every experience will shape my life. Positive, negative, or otherwise, I want to take in all I can during my journey.
I bring with me, an undying light, a tumor, and a zest for life. Still I stand, and I extend myself until I burst. My life will have no regrets, I don’t have time. There is much to accomplish and many dreams to fulfill.
Now I need a place ready for me. Somewhere I can join others wanting to experience life. I have never fit into a normal or standard life. For me, life has been a shade of gray, a space in between, and a whimsical adventure. So, I’m ecstatic looking to the future for growth, change and life.