My 2020 Vision? Finding A Cure.
Benign. Temporal. Occipital. Hemianopsia. Ganglioglioma. These words, once foreign, are now a commonality. In 2016, I noticed that I couldn’t see anything out of my right periphery. A week later, I had a field test where we discovered I was missing the right field in both of my eyes. Two days later, we discovered the cause for my vision abnormality- a brain tumor. A mere two weeks later, I had brain surgery to remove my tumor, where they ended up removing 90%.
My vision loss was deemed permanent. My right side became immesurably weak. My reading comprehension went from a 12th grade level (in 7th grade), to a 4th. My life had changed drastically. Gone were the days of coming home from advanced classes and playing basketball until dinner. Gone were the days of enjoying a book. Gone were the days of being a normal kid.
My brain tumor made my life do an entire 180, so needless to say, it was near impossible for me to find a way to cope and put a positive spin on things. That is, until I discovered that I could make a difference, and I could find a cure for brain tumors so that nobody else would have to go through what I did. So that no other kid would lose their childhood. So that no son would lose their father. So that no brother would lose their sister.
I began raising money for brain tumor research in October of 2017, and as of this January, I have raised well over $7500. I know that our efforts and our donations/contributions are worth while, because we are right on the verge of discovering a cure. It's 2020, and while everybody is using the same corny joke that we have "20/20 vision," I truly believe that the vision I have left is 20/20, and that my sights are set on waking up to the words "WE found a cure."
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