My coffee was stale this morning, I slopped toothpaste on my shirt, there was a centipede in my kitchen, and there’s a giant pimple on my face.
Usually this stuff would quickly put me in a bad mood. But these days, it doesn’t really matter. Because today, I’m healthy.
I didn’t have to spend the night at the hospital because I had a fever.
I didn’t have a giant needle stabbed into my back.
I didn’t feel sick to my stomach and too weak to walk.
I didn’t have sores in my mouth that made it impossible to eat.
Strands of my hair weren’t left on my pillow when I woke up this morning and I know that tomorrow I’ll still be able to brush it without chunks falling out.
I didn’t have to watch all my friends go to school, while I stayed home or went to the hospital for another round of chemotherapy.
No, I’d say I’m doing alright today and it’s all thanks to a new perspective.
I met 13 year old Faith at Midas on Saturday during a fundraiser benefitting childhood cancer research.
Faith was diagnosed with Leukemia one year ago.
She missed almost all of her grade 8 year of school. She spent 7.5 months away from school and over half of those days at KGH receiving treatment.
Needles, pills, fevers, stomach illness, losing weight, losing hair… that’s just part of what Faith has been coping with over the past year.
She’s doing much better now! She’s still receiving chemo, but it’s in pill form so she doesn’t have to spend days at the hospital. She was also able to start grade 9 at Frontenac Secondary School this fall and she’s looking forward to getting “relatively” back to normal, which includes building her strength up to play soccer and take dance lessons again.
She agreed to share some of her story with us, the interview is below:
Faith is one of the ambassadors at Neon Night.
It’s a fundraiser to support childhood cancer research on Saturday, September 24th in Lake Ontario Park.
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