The Scar Reminds Me
I was always a very active kid growing up. I loved the outdoors and loved sports. I grew up healthy as can be, I had never broken a bone and never been seriously hospitalized. I ran cross country and track all through middle school. I fell in love with the sport and was so happy to hear that I had already secured a spot on my high school team based on my performances. After one hard summer of training for the next level I was more than prepared for the fiercer competition. During my first race freshman year, I felt an unbelievably sharp pain in my abdomen. This pain forced me to the ground making me unable to continue. I should have listened to my body at this time. Looking back now I certainly wished I had. I told my athletic trainer at the time and she said it was simply menstrual cycle craps and she welcomed me to womanhood. Therefore my family nor did I take any concern to it.
A few years went by and I was still having the same stomach pain. It would happen spontaneously walking to class, in the middle of the night, those I didn't mind as much. It started to really affect my training and my racing. So for something a little less grueling, I decided to pick up basketball as well. It didn't work. So I finally convinced my mother to take me to the doctor. I had a bunch of tests done and all came back negative. I was really disappointed. I felt like I was going to have to live with this forever. So for the last two remaining years of high school I did the best I could, the only thing I had grew accustom to, deal.
At my high school grad night I felt almost like a pop like feeling in my lower abdomen followed by the worse pain of my life. I was rushed to the hospital where I had emergency surgery done. I had no idea that I was walking around with colon cancer for the last year or so. It took a good 3 months til' I was able to continue with my regular routine. I started running again and ended up making my college team. I could not be any happier on where my life is right now. I'm pain free and now studying radiology. Having lived through cancer has made me a stronger person. I know truly understand that life is a blessing and we always have to live it to the fullest. The scar will always remind what I got through.