In 2004, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease Lymphoma, a disease that has continued to wreak havoc on my body. For twelve years, I have battled Lymphoma with 4 different malignancies. With each treatment, my body has responded incredibility well. Doctors at the Phoenix VA Hospital, University of Arizona Cancer Center, and at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a treatment plan for my successful response to this disease. Yes, surviving cancer has been tough, but it has been rewarding in the sense that it has made me stronger.
However, the truth foundation of my success has been my commitment to my faith in God. On June 18, 2005, I made a commitment to follow Christ, and I was baptized. Since that day, I feel that my survival has been due to my strong will to serve Christ first, by making my family strong in being a good dad to my amazing beautiful kids, DeVante and Tatiyana. That has provided me with the inspiration to fight for my life in being a dad long term. The foundation of life is our family, making sure my kids are raised to love God, Family and Country. Seeing them grow in this has been the best reward. My kids give me my strength.
“…I feel that my survival has been due to my strong will to serve Christ first, by making my family strong in being a good dad to my amazing beautiful kids…
I am a changed man, never giving up, but consistent in my preparation to succeed. I am always making sure not to miss a doctor appointment. I am working to take advantage of my entire medical team, including nutritional guidance, to make sure I am eating all the right foods and exercising to give my body the advantage in supporting my treatment plan. I am talking to my nurse and asking questions about my medicines and side effects to expect. Communication is very important in this process and the nurse is the Center Station Commander of my life. She is like my best friend and keeps me calm and focused before, during, and after treatment and my doctor visits. I am making sure my doctor knows how I feel after a treatment day, giving
him my confidence that he will give me a winning plan. He is my Head Coach for my body; he makes sure we have the winning team and treatment plan aka the playbook to win the game and defeat Cancer. Lastly, I am the General Manager, who makes the decisions for my body. I am 100% confident in my body from top to bottom; I love my body more than anybody. I am excited and confident; I will survive and defeat Cancer!
I CAME TO WIN and I WILL DEFEAT CANCER!