I believe that everything happens for a reason. All of the hard times and accomplishments that pop up in life come with a reason or lesson. I learned a few very important lessons when I was in sixth grade and developed a bump on my collarbone. For the next three months I went to numerous doctor visits and had dozens of tests. No one could give an exact diagnosis and there was a looming fear of bone cancer murmuring in the background. Finally I was referred to UCLA, where I was told I had a bone cyst. Whether is a cancerous or not would be determined in the operating room. On the day of the operation my parents got the word that it was non cancerous. From this big experience I’ve learned that life is truly a gift.
Being twelve when this happened I didn’t fully grasp how blessed I was. Only in the next few years I came back for follow ups did I realize how lucky I was to be one of the few that got to walk away unharmed. Walking into that same medical office today there are many kids sitting around with bald heads and missing limbs that are fighting a war with cancer. When I realized this I made a promise to myself to live to the upmost potential and to wear the scar on my shoulder with pride. I’m extremely thankful not to have cancer but the biggest lesson I learned is just how much my family and friends care about me.
Through those three months of uncertainty and fear not once did I feel alone. I learned just how much my family and friends love me. Even though I was scared my parents comforted me, prayed, and hoped for the best, in reality they harbored more fear about it than I did. My sister and I became inseparable even though she was so young she didn’t understand the severity of it, all she would say is “I know you’re not going to be sick Morgie.” The day of my surgery was the day of my sixth grade graduation, since I couldn’t be there my entire class sent me flowers and letters. Coming out of the operating room, I’ll never forget the smiles on my parent’s faces. From when I first showed my mom to when I was waking up from the surgery I always had someone by my side.
I was one of the lucky few who get to walk away and live a full life. The experience was scary and life altering but it taught me to live to the fullest and that I’ll never be alone. I’ve learned just how precious life is and I intend to never hold back. My family and friends are my rock and they’ll be there for me through thick and thin. Because of the experience I’m a better person. My scar and I are proof that everything happens for a reason.