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The Elochukwu Eze Blog: First game back after emergency brain surgery five months ago

On May 4, Elochukwu Eze, a 6-foot-10 center at Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who is drawing interest from a handful of Division I colleges, was diagnosed with a fist-sized brain tumor and had to undergo emergency surgery. Eze has agreed to give USA Today High Schools Sports exclusive access into his road to recovery by chronicling his thoughts and experiences in a blog.

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This past weekend I had my first game since I had my emergency surgery in May. I was a little nervous for the game but I had my teammates with me and so that was good.

When I grabbed that first rebound I knew that I was back! No one was going to get that rebound from me. I felt like I jumped out of the gym.

For me rebounds are good and I work hard for them – but blocking shots is what I love to do!

The feel of getting someone’s shot is the best. I think I may have missed that the most and I was happy to get that first one.

It was fun running with my teammates. I got into the offense and got hammered on a couple of shot attempts. I went to the line and missed my first foul shot short on the front of the rim. But my next three foul shots I took were perfect!

Overall, it was great to be out there.  I played about 10 – 12 minutes and it makes me look forward to my season starting soon.

This game reminded me that it is not all about today but it is about the journey that we are on.  It has been a long five months for all I have gone through and there are days that may seem tough but it is important that we persevere through the trials of life.

As a Christian your faith is being tempted and that provides a very uncomfortable view towards life. Do not give up because no matter what happens you will never find inner peace if you stop believing in God.

One of the greatest events from last week was being nominated for the homecoming court. It is very exciting to comprehend the way these things work. I was nominated for leadership and the perseverance I show every single day. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12: 1,2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

I ask for your prayers as next week I go back for another MRI and I pray that all is well and that I am cancer-fr­­­ee.

This week has been a good week for me.  I passed my driver’s test on Tuesday and am now driving myself to school and practice.  That is real good.  Also, my American brother, Geoffrey, came home from college to visit with his roommates. Our conversations remind me of how close we are (and how annoying he can be).

Enjoy family and your loved ones, it is a special time to be with them.

Don’t forget to follow Elochukwu Eze:

Twitter: @Eze_BigE23

Instagram: @b_e_e_e_z_e

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