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Teen Beats Stage 4 Cancer To Graduate High School: 'I Just Knew God Was with Me'

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A cancer diagnosis is devastating for anyone. It always comes unexpected, unwelcome, and all too often incurable.

For now-high school senior Joshua Suarez, hearing he had stage 4 testicular cancer at the age of 15 was the last thing he ever anticipated.

“My heart sunk to the bottom of my chest when I heard the word ‘cancer,'” Suarez told Dallas Independent School District News. “I didn’t know what to think, what to feel, or what to do. It was really heartbreaking to hear, and all I could ask was ‘why me?'”

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The young man knew cancer ran in his family. His mom, grandma and aunt had all faced different diagnoses at some point, according to Dallas ISD News.

Still, Suarez never expected his own diagnosis would come so early. “I was like that’s a death sentence,” he told KDFW. “I really thought this is it. This is the end for me.”

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Despite the devastating news that the cancer had spread to his lungs, Suarez was determined to fight and even made a goal for himself to finish high school on schedule.

Surgery and round after round of chemotherapy took a toll on his body, but Suarez persevered through it all while his family surrounded him with love and support.

A message from his brother really impacted Suarez and motivated him to have faith that he would come out the other side.



“God gives his hardest obstacles to his strongest soldiers,” Suarez told KDFW, recalling the text from his brother.

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“And as soon as I got that text, I just knew God was with me,” he continued. “Whatever God has planned for me I accept. If it’s to fight, I’m fighting until the end. But if it’s not, I’m ready to go.”

In the end, Suarez came out strong and even graduated with his class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas on May 25, 2019.

“To say that I’ve beaten cancer is to say what can I not beat?” he said. “Going across that stage is more proof I’ve made it.”

“So incredibly proud of my nephew Joshua Suarez,” his aunt, Laura Suarez, wrote on Facebook. “Cancer was tough but he was tougher!”

 

What do you think of this amazing miracle and young man with such a strong faith?

Suarez told KDFW he plans to pursue a medical degree and become an oncologist so he can help others who face this disease.

“I now have a crazy amount of optimism that’s going to set me so far ahead in life,” he told Dallas ISD News. “I didn’t know what to do with my life before, but now I see my purpose — to serve others. I’ve gotten my second chance in life, and I want to help others have their chance, too.”

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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