Hello, My name is Dave P, I am 27 years old. On November 7th 2006 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, I was 16 years old. Before my diagnosis I felt very sick and weak. The weekend of Halloween I went out with my girlfriend Amanda and had to go back home so I could lie down because I did not have the energy to walk around. The First week of November I did not go to school, I basically slept the whole week. By the end of week I told my mom something was wrong and I didn’t feel like myself. She took me to Fatima hospital and Fatima transferred me to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. At the time Dr. Edwin Forman was the attending oncologist. On my mother’s birthday, November 7th, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Dr. Forman sat with me and explained everything, from what it was to what I will be dealing with. At the time, I didn’t know what was in store for me, I was scared. The initial time in the hospital lasted fifty days. From there I was in and out of the hospital for various reasons. I didn’t deal with my diagnosis very well. I was depressed and wanted to be left alone. I was very weak and was always very sick. I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. After a couple of years, I started to feel better so I played a lot of world of Warcraft, which is a computer video game. I was very lucky to have the support system I had over the four of my treatment.
I finished treatment in 2010, from then I had to deal with the problems of gaining my strength back and essentially my life back. I did graduate High School in 2009 but there was a lot of assistance to help me finish. After treatment, I applied to New England Institute of Technology and graduated in 2014 with high honors for my bachelors in science for game development and simulation programming. I currently work as a Systems Engineer for Fidelity Investments; on August 2015 I was blessed with meeting my daughter Madison, who was born on August 20th, she has been my single best achievement, and on July 30th 2016 I finally married the woman that spent the last 11 years fighting by my side.
It has been ten years since my diagnosis and it never goes away, I remember all the details of what I had to deal with while I was sick but I don’t let it hold me down, I don’t let it linger in my thoughts for very long because I have a baby that depends on me. I think the biggest obstacle was watching a couple of people I came close to, lose their fight with cancer. I would tell someone diagnosed that it will get better, to not think of the worst cases, and to fight. Never give up because life has so much more in store. I believe going through this situation has made me a stronger and more appreciative person. I want to thank Dr. Forman and The Tomorrow Fund for everything they have ever done for me, they have saved my life and for that I am truly grateful. I can live on and watch my daughter grow up. I look forward to what the future has in store for my family.