I graduated from High Point University on May 6th as one of the few people in my fraternity to have a job all lined up ready to go, I felt great…I had routine Doctor appointment … the Doctor calls saying there is a 10.4 cm mass in there and we don’t know if it is benign or aggressive at this point… I just knew I didn’t have cancer there was no way that could happen to me… I was finally diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.
Fast forward to today, my hair is gone, and I am through my first round of chemo therapy with my next one starting in a week.
When I found out about Nikolas Ritschel Foundation I got so excited. You hear all the time about foundations doing great things for people but when you become that person they reach out to, it’s a feeling that sort of leaves you weak in the knees. Having a trip or some sort of relief planned to look forward to would not only give us something positive to continually talk about with friends and family constantly checking in, but it would provide us with a nice day dream, which I do a lot of, when the times get tough and I am feeling sick. I have learned a positive mindset is the key to a good bill of health and when you take into consideration all the people that have done everything they can to help me, make me comfortable and happy, that mindset is not only easier to get but owed to all of those individuals.