Never Back Down

Ashley - Cincinnati, Ohio
Entered on August 27, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: illness, setbacks

I believe that even the hardest things in life are lessons to be learned. In many situations a person is given a choice whether to do right or wrong, and it might not be obvious to tell which would better suit the person in the end. My father was given no choices. He had this terrible disease put on him. He was diagnosed with leukemia around the same time his father was diagnosed with cancer as well.

All these things running through his mind and he had to will power to fight back. He fought leukemia for weeks that turned into months that turned into years. All this time everyone else was living life while his felt like it was just stopped in place. He felt like he was supposed to drop everything and put all of his strength into fighting this disease to carry on with his life. During the years of his fight against leukemia he had to deal with the loss of his father and watch his two daughters grow up.

After about 2 years after his surgery and constant in and out of hospital visits and the death of his father the doctors found no sight of leukemia in his blood what so ever. He brought out all his strength from within and he shined and he never backed down off of this obstacle that has been put in front of him. He was a changed person, he now goes to church every Sunday to worship god and wants to spend as much time with his family as he possibly can. I feel like it is an honor to say that my father has beaten a highly unlikely disease with just the strength from within and god. This challenge in his life had quickly turned into a life lesson that he learned even as a 40 year old man.