Welcome to Anthony's Climbers Homepage
Jul 25, 2012
Welcome to Anthony's Climbers homepage
Walk as if your life depends on it...Walk because someones does!
On April 15th 2010 I was diagnosed with a life threatening disease, acute lymphoblastic Leukemia. On that day the trajectory of my life changed forever. At that time, I was a full time student at Montgomery County Community College, working a full time job in retail management for Crocs Inc., and a mere twenty four hours prior to being diagnoses I was having the time of my life at the Phillies opening night game with my cousin, Chris. Who knew a day later I would be rushed to the hospital and would spend the next seventy two hours in the intensive care unit? After my immediate condition stabilized my doctors then informed me that in order to receive the necessary treatment for this disease my life’s activities would have to be put on hold for approximately a year. This included withdrawing from school and taking a leave of absence from the job I loved. The treatment plan would be intense. I had no idea what the magnitude of these treatments would entail – but I would soon find out. Over the course of the next ten months I logged in a total of sixteen weeks of hospitalization, received aggressive chemo therapy, underwent cranial radiation, and suffered many horrific side effects from the treatment.
Life as I knew it was now officially interrupted. This was a shock to me – I was devastated to say the least. Adjusting to this new medical status and embarking on a life that focused on nothing but cancer was truly over whelming. Coping with this was difficult and understandably it was an emotional struggle. From the beginning of this journey I have always had a strong support system – excellent doctors, caring nurses, loving family, devoted friends, my faith, and many prayers even from people I have never met. These were all source of strength that I drew upon. Another inspiring source of strength was the motivation that I gained by reflecting on the long fought battles for survival that my late grandparents endured during the last part of their lives. During their battles they demonstrated courage, determination, inner strength and a “never give up” attitude. Unfortunately, unlike myself, my grandparents lost their fight for survival.
Admittedly, in some of my darkest moments doubt did seep into my thoughts. I had to dig deep to tap into my inner strength. However, sheer determination, perseverance, and a “can do” attitude enabled me to beat the odds. On February 1st, my oncologist gave me the green light to return to life’s normal activities – school and work.
Although the past 10 months have been the most grueling excruciating experience I’ve ever endured the silver lining in this story is that I was able to give myself a gift – the gift of self confidence. I know there is absolutely nothing I can’t accomplish when I put my mind to it. I’m now physically, mentally and emotionally ready, willing and very eager to take on new challenges, travel new roads, and channel my new found lease on life toward achieving new goals.
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.
For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:
- Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
- Without profit incentive
- To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers
And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed. With your help, we are saving lives.
- A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
- A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
- A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
- A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will help save lives. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!
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