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.
Thank you for reading my first blog. If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome and I want you to know that here is a living testimony that is showing there is hope.
It has been two weeks since my last blog.
A lot has happened.
Congrats to Cleveland for winning. I didn’t root for them but LeBron’s block was good.
On June 22, 2016, my parents came over to America to see me. Immediately, I hugged my father, he started crying and the first thing he said was, “Is this my son, Elochukwu. I did not picture him being this healthy even to the extent of welcoming me from a long journey from Nigeria.”
We have had a good time. The best is hanging out with them and seeing them. My mom has cooked for me and that is real good.
We went on a trip to see my doctors but also stopped at Disney World. We took a lot of pictures, went on some good rides and laughed a lot. We even saw a baby alligator.
We then went to Gainesville. On June 27, 2016 I went to University of Florida, Gainesville, and University of Florida proton institute, Jacksonville.
The doctors there had a lot of information for us. They told us that they are sending my tumor on for more research at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and also for DNA testing at the University of Pittsburgh. They will have more information for us in 2–3 weeks. The best information so far was that they do not feel it is likely that my tumor will come back. As a result, they say there is no need to do radiation or chemotherapy at this time.
They said if it did come back that I should do proton therapy – but there are a lot of side effects and it takes a long time. It is six weeks for radiation and over a year for chemotherapy.
I am very blessed that they said I do not need this treatment. I do have to do MRI’s every three months now and so my next MRI will be in a few weeks. This will be a very important MRI as it will show how my brain has changed now that the tumor is gone and will let them see that they got the whole thing.
As a kid suffering from brain surgery, it is a blessing hearing that radiation is not the best treatment.
God is guiding me through this both physically and spiritually. He is helping me to understand and manage the magnitude of this in my life as I am his creation.
Psalm 63:3,”your love means more than life to me, and I praise you.” This verse just gave connotation to my life and the journey ahead. I am praying that my doctors will allow me to begin playing basketball soon and the news this week is getting me closer.
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