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Jared at CSF Gala - Sharing His Success Story

April 22, 2006

Jared is a senior at the Southern Methodist University majoring in Accounting. She has survived Chiasmic Glioma. In his own words: 

“Dealing with cancer as a child is definitely a life changing event.  I am 21-years-old and I was diagnosed with Chiasmic Glioma, cancer of the optic chiasm (optic nerve), at the age of 11.  Cancer has had a severe physical and emotional impact on my life, but it has influenced me in several positive ways as well. 

First, I deal with the physical impact of cancer everyday.  The tumor on my optic nerve has left me legally blind in my left eye and poor vision in the right eye.  Dealing with impaired vision has been one of the most difficult aspects of cancer to deal with. 

Having cancer and dealing with it throughout the years has been very trying, but it has also helped me in some ways, too.  The difficulty in reading and studying has made it harder for me to get good grades, but it has also taught me the importance of hard work, dedication, and discipline. My experience with cancer has also helped me to be more humble and take less things for granted.  My battle with cancer and chemotherapy has also instilled a tough attitude of not giving up and fighting the good fight. 

Some people may look at as cancer as a reason to give up hope, but like anything else in life, you have to do the best wit what you are given.  I was diagnosed with cancer in the fourth grade, I am legally blind in one eye, I have difficulty studying as well as the average student, and it is near impossible to renew my license in less than three trips to the DMV, but I still managed to get accepted into one of the most demanding business schools in the nation (Cox School of Business at SMU).  I have had to go through some things that people that age should not have to go through, and a lot of it was not very fun.  The important thing is that you get up every morning and give thanks for the things that you do have, not the things you don’t.  I have great friends, a wonderful family, and I have been in remission for 10 years this august: now that’s something to be thankful for.  I am proud to say that I am a cancer survivor.”

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