It wasn’t until my grandpa had passed away, that I had learned a valuable lesson. Never give up because nothing is impossible. My grandfather had been battling numerous types of cancers for over 6 years and his battle had finally come to an end. My grandpa’s first cancer was skin cancer from doing what he loved to do, sailing on the Mississippi River. The skin cancer was easily treated and then he was so he thought he had conquered it. He was then diagnosed with bladder cancer, which was far more serious. It led him having an ilestomy which forced many lifestyle changes and he underwent the evasive treatments of chemotherapy. My grandpa had beat cancer once again.
When he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006, the doctors told him that he wouldn’t be able to overcome it this time. But when I went to visit him every day in the hospital, he was living one more day that the doctors had told him he wouldn’t, and every time I walked into that hospital room, he would light up and say “ Why hello there.” One of the things that I realized while he was fighting for his life, was that he was doing what the doctors had told him couldn’t be done.
My grandpa proved doctors wrong by living many more months than they said he would, and that really gave me the message of never give up because nothing is impossible. After he passed away, I had almost a full season of basketball left and I decided to dedicate that him to him. Our team was looking a little “iffy” but I knew we could do it. We finished the season with only two losses and Madison was one of them. We then were told we were going to be facing Madison in the championship game. We won the championship. We were so determined that game, and no one thought we could do it and some of us didn’t even think we could, because of how bad they had beat us before and because of how tall they were compared to us. We never gave up though and we showed everyone that we could do it. I made sure I played that game for my grandpa, to show him that I would never give up because nothing is Impossible.