Hi! My name is Anthony Wilmer; I am 14 years old and presently in the 9th grade at The School of the Arts.
On November 9th 2014, I was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I had never heard of this disease in my life but I knew that I was really, really sick. I was in the hospital for about one month.
I have always liked football and basketball, but after being diagnosed, I wasn’t able to play sports or workout at all. I have a mediport which is surgically implanted under your skin which is used to draw blood and administer medications intravenously. After being told that I wouldn’t be able to play sports or workout, I was very depressed and I really didn’t know how to spend my time. So, I started playing video games continuously. I mean, I have always played video games but now it has become an everday activity for me and I am very good at them.
Having leukemia has really made me appreciate life even though I take a lot of medicine every day. I am happy that I am able to attend school again and I am able to go to the mall with my friends. Even though I can’t play sports or workout, I am able to toss the football, dribble the basketball, do sit-ups, and walk or jog for light exercise.
I have to say that this has been a real experience both good and bad. I have met some really nice people during this time that have helped my family and I. IACKids has been there for us and have helped us in so many ways. I remember my mom explaining to me what they do for sick children and their families – my first thought was “WOW”.
I am now doing outpatient clinic for my chemotherapy treatments and my hair has grown back! Oh yeah, did I mention I lost my hair? All of it!! I am doing much better and feeling much better. As of November 9th 2015, it will have been one year since my diagnosis. For anyone having to go through this – my advice would be to never give up and always give your all!!