…146 Days Until Race Day
So, today’s kid isn’t really a kid anymore. He’s now 27-years-old.
This is Jonathan.
But, Chelsey wasn’t the first pediatric cancer patient I ever met.
That kid was Jonathan.
Diagnosed at 14 with T-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, his treatment lasted 2.5 years.
I remember when I sat down with Jonathan to interview him before our broadcast, all he wanted to do was get back into school and play basketball. That was a love of his and he wasn’t able to do that because of cancer.
Nor was he even able to make friends in middle school and high school due to “having to spend much of my teenage years in and out of the hospital. All of my friends were also cancer patients, and many of them I lost to the terrible disease. It came to be surprising when I would see friends from week to week and month to month. I stopped taking life for granted, and started to live my life like I had only days, weeks, or months to live.”
“I feel blessed to be alive today because there has been enough research done on my type of cancer that even after running into many complications during treatment including renal failure secondary to chemotherapy that my Oncologist had an alternative treatment available when my body rejected the first choice of treatment.”
“I am now a long term survivor, having been cancer free since May 5, 2006 and I’m living the life of my dreams as a happily married man with two step-daughters and a job where I help others as an EMT for a local ambulance company.”
I like to think we gave Jonathan his EMT training as he was our Team “Physician” for the 2010 Strides Across Texas, 13-Day, 482 mile run.
As Jonathan said above, he believes he’s alive today because there was an alternative treatment for him.
Obviously a cure is the ultimate goal, but in the meantime, we look for more treatment alternatives, medicines with far fewer side effects and that only affect the disease and not the healthy organs. Well said, Jonathan.
Today’s run was 8 miles, the middle 6 miles progressive, with each mile being faster the the previous. My splits:9:36, 9:21, 9:07, 8:50, 8:25, 8:17, 7:38, 8:54.
Good stuff today, Jonathan.
Who will you meet tomorrow?