Community "Walk 'n Talk" Event
My name is David. When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Medulloblastoma, otherwise known as brain cancer. I received my traumatic brain injury through a history of brain tumors as well as the surgeries that followed. In 2014, I was diagnosed with two more brain tumors. After numerous surgeries, my physical, occupational and speech abilities changed. Through many years of therapy, I have been able to improve and overcome many difficulties. The only way I can continue to improve is through my therapies and everyday routines such as controlling my depression and improving my memory.
Most of my memories from my youth involve traveling to and from my surgeries and treatments. I tried to stay positive by playing youth baseball and staying involved in peer activities. During my teenage years, I acted as if I defeated cancer and was okay. I ignored post symptoms that have a major effect on me today like epilepsy, skin cancer and the change of developing more brain tumors.
Through my college years, I mostly had the same attitude towards me being okay and that I’m just another student. I didn’t realize that I was getting caught up in my own devices. I was so anxious about going to college and deciding which was the best option to continue my education. I basically was jumping to the first school that accepted me. Deciding on which major was best for me was also a tough decision to make. It took me eight years going from one college to another, both part and full time, to finally earning a degree in Accounting.
Today it’s been 5 or 6 years since my last tumor. I’ve completed occupational and physical therapy. Yet, when it comes to my cognitive mind, some days I feel my therapy is helping. While others days I feel lost. To help with his feeling, I decided to create a “Walk ‘n Talk” community event.
Just enjoy going for a walk, feel the fresh air and enjoy life.
I thought what better way to gather the community and socialize than simply go for a walk. Along the way, I can overcome my public speaking phobia and get a chance to improve my creative thinking. This walk is for everyone. I invite individuals who have dealt with disabilities or hardships to join me and leave some of those thoughts and difficulties behind. Just enjoy going for a walk, feel the fresh air and enjoy life.