A high school senior with two jobs, Prom, senior project, college applications and graduation in sight, all I could think about was life as a young adult in the real world. I was taken down a slightly different path. For most it would be considered the worst nightmare. As for myself, it was just a little thundering on my ray of sunshine.
My name is Steven and I was that high school senior whose life was changed in the blink of an eye. Just months before graduation I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Something I thought would be a quick cure with antibiotics turned into months of aggressive treatments. At that point I learned way more than an average 18 year old can learn in probably a lifetime. From signing hospital documents as a legal adult, learning who your true friends are, realizing that family is everything, to ultimately having to fight to see another day. I couldn’t let cancer define me, I wanted to be the one defying cancer. It was an uphill battle and even though I wasn’t able to leave my hospital room physically, I was able to connect with quite a few patients going through similar experiences through social media and blogs.
I not only gained strength through them but I also got quite a bit of encouragement from my family and hospital staff. After receiving such a dramatic wake up call the most important things in life came to the forefront. One of which is how can I make a difference in the cancer community. Connecting with other patients and letting them know that during their fight they are not alone is my primary goal. I’m honored to help start Intersections, a social group designed for people our age to have fun, talk about our experiences, and share personal interests. The opportunities are endless so check out Intersections and create new friendships filled with a lot of strength with those who are fighting or thriving. Together we can push past cancer!
I wanted to be the one defying cancer. It was an uphill battle and even though I wasn’t able to leave my hospital room physically, I was able to connect with quite a few patients going through similar experiences through social media and blogs.