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About Sean Swarner
When I was only 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Advanced Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given only three months to live. I went through a year of chemo, lost all the hair on my body, lost all my friends, gained 60lbs, and when I was placed in remission, I had to start my life all over again. I lived life to the fullest by joining my friends playing soccer, swimming, football, cross-country, and track. It was a wonderful life, but it was short-lived. About 18 months in remission, I was going in for a check-up for the Hodgkin’s and in less than 24 hours they found a tumor on an x-ray, did a needle biopsy, took out a lymph node, cracked open my ribs, removed the tumor, inserted a drainage tube, and started chemotherapy. I was 16 and the doctors gave me less than 14 days to live. I went through three months of intense chemo, one month of radiation, and then 10 more months of chemo. The medicine this time around was so harsh, the doctors actually put me in a medically induced coma. I literally don’t remember being 16 years old.
When I was finally placed in remission, I celebrated and am still celebrating my survivorship by trying to give people something I never had… hope. I started trying to give hope to others at a very young age, when during my first cancer experience I was approached by the Make A Wish Foundation and my wish was to give it to others else so that they could enjoy something. To this day, I’ve been told I am still the only person who has ever given his or her wish to someone else. As an adult I wanted to help more than just one or two people. Because of my past and my goal of giving everyone affected by cancer hope, my brother and I founded The Cancer Climber Association, where we help others by sharing inspirational stories, giving survivors an opportunity to join us on a climb, providing a mobile camp for kids with cancer, and facilitating personal visits to patients by survivors.
At the end of the day it’s about enjoying each day you have with the ones you love and celebrating life. Cancer may have been the worst thing that has ever happened to me, but it’s also ended up being one of the best things to have survived. My book is dedicated, to all those affected by cancer. I couldn’t have done anything without you… including climbing the highest mountain on each continent (the 7-Summits) and completing the Hawaii Ironman… all with only one functioning lung. Thank you for being my inspiration, my hope, and the driving force behind everything I’ve done in my life. At the end of the day, for anyone affected by cancer, it’s about cherishing the time with those you love and powering through every day. Embracing your survivorship is one of the greatest experiences you could ever imagine. It’s a new lease on life, and can be absolutely anything you ever wanted. Keep Climbing!