Jonathan - Baldwin Park, California
Entered on October 3, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe in faith. Faith has been a big part of my life. Without faith I would not be where I am today. Without faith I would not even be alive. With my faith I know God will be there to help me through difficult times even though it seems impossible I lay my faith in His hands.

When I was in eighth grade, I was diagnosed with cancer, leukemia to be exact. I was rushed to the hospital because I looked extremely ill. They had me waiting in an emergency room alone for hours, hooked up to different machines and IV’s. When my parents came back, their look of sorrow on their face made me question what was going on. The doctor stepped in, also with sadness in his eyes and he told me straight out to my face, “You have leukemia, a type of cancer in the blood.” I did not cry and I did not weep, I just had faith.

A couple years later, my Jr. year in high school to be exact, I was enjoying life and having fun. I was doing very well in my treatment and I had almost completed the course of my 3-year treatment. Being a normal teenager, going to school and hanging out with friends was a routine part of my life, but Halloween was my last day of school. Previous to that I had received a phone call from the doctor about the results of one of my tests. All he said was, “The cancer has come back, you have relapsed.” I did not feel anger, sadness, or frustration; I just had faith.

I was in the hospital for five months. I received an unrelated bone marrow transplant, which means that it is bone marrow taken from an unrelated unknown anonymous donor. I missed my family, my friends, being able to eat food and most, I missed reality and life in general. I was able to go back to school my senior year second semester. I was able to graduate with my class. Why? Because I never stopped having faith.

The world we live in now is at its darkest point, and each day it keeps getting worse. Faith makes the world go round. In difficult times we tend to hold onto faith because we trust God to be by our side. If we don’t have faith then what do you think will happen? I never stopped having faith in myself, my loving and supporting family and friends but most importantly in God. Thank God, I am here to tell about it and with out my family and friends I wouldn’t have any faith to begin with. I always look towards God at the time of difficulty and I pray for the best and through it all, everything will be alright, even though things might crash and tumble my faith will make me stand up tall and continue in the path of God.