9 Years Old at Diagnosis
Gavin Green was diagnosed with cancer when he was 9 years old. His mom was shocked, especially because since the age of 2, Gavin had undergone countless MRIs, CT scans, spinal taps, blood work, and PET scans because of his rapid growth. In all of this, doctors never found anything.
But, when Gavin began experiencing horrible headaches, his mom called his doctor and asked them to do another MRI. After a 5-hour MRI, his doctors told her that they found an orange sized tumor called germinoma brain tumor. Christy was shocked. She couldn’t believe that Gavin had cancer.
Gavin’s doctors immediately admitted him to the hospital where they begin steroid treatment and made plans to surgically remove the tumor. After the surgery, Gavin had 28 rounds of chemotherapy, 30 rounds of radiation, and countless hospital stays. Treatment wasn’t easy; he was tired all the time and missed out on a lot of normal activities. He couldn’t wait to be done so that he could go back to playing video games, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.
For Gavin, having cancer was life changing; it forced him to grow up really fast. It came with its positives though Gavin says, as he doesn’t take life for granted and looks at problems with a different perspective than he otherwise would have.
His mom describes him as her hero. Throughout treatment, Gavin was always upbeat and never let those around him know how much pain he was in. Even when he had trouble remembering how to do simple things like tying his shoes, Gavin showed incredible spirit.
Now that he is three years cancer free, Gavin can’t wait to live life to the fullest, have fun, and be happy. “I would love to be a mentor to others and hopefully help others go through their journey with cancer,” explains Gavin.
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