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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
By Charles Garvey

When I was 15, I was diagnosed with brain cancer called Medullblastoma. After I was diagnosed, I was stuck in the hospital for about a month and a half which felt like an eternity. When I got out of the hospital I had to go on home teaching. Then when school started back up, they wanted me to stay on home teaching, which I denied. So, I when I went back to school and I went right on the honor role. While I was in school, I had to go for a check up every week, and had chemo and radiation therapy every two weeks. Some weeks it was so bad that I had to call in sick. The drugs affected my joints so much I could not walk. After I completed high school, I had to get knee surgery from the steroids they put me on. A few years after my surgery, I went back to school and studied Culinary Arts. Just recently, I had to start wearing hearing aids and braces on my legs.

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