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Nicholas Reinert

Sharing his True Story at the CSF Gala

April 21, 2006

Nichas graduated from the Texas A&M University in 2010 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He has survived Leukemia. Here is his story in his own words:

"She didnít even have to say it, by the look on her face I had already figured out what had happened.  Her son, my best friend for the last four years of my life had died of Leukemia, the same disease I was suffering from.  The news of Michaelís death saddened me greatly; but not a tear rolled down my flushed cheeks, and my eyes showed only a glimmer of my despair, but deep in my mind I was beginning to accept that I was only next in line. 

At the age of two I was diagnosed with A.L.L. a type of Leukemia that attacks your white blood cells.  This disease brought forth many great changes in my life, most, if not all of them, for the better.  It also taught me how much a good friend can impact you.  The friend that made me smile and forget my worries for four years was now gone.  He was taken from me while in his sleep; slowly and peacefully he left the world he had only known for six harsh years.  I was far more than devastated but I showed nothing.  Hard as stone to the eye and cold as ice to the touch I lay there solemn in my thoughts wondering if today was my last.  Suddenly I snapped; I had to do it.  I had to live!  So many of us had died; there were only two of the original twelve diagnosed that year left.  I knew down deep I could survive and so I began to fight.  Day in and day out I kept my spirits as well as my expectations for myself high.  I was proud and determined, and with a strong beating heart I persevered.  Soon I was in remission and the most difficult task that I would ever have to face during my life was over.  I had overcome the disease that I now see as the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

Cancer changed the way I live my life in every possible way.  While enduring the disease I grew humble, and I began to accept that I could easily not wake up the next morning; and that things would be just the same as they were when any one of my other friends were lost.  That one thing I believe has had the strongest impact on me as a person.  It has helped me to mature much faster than I would have otherwise and also it has made me see life as it truly is, my only chance here on earth.  This outlook I have adopted has made me wake up every morning happy just for waking up, and enjoy every day as though it was my last because thatís how I grew up.  I knew that every day could have been my last, so I just plainly had fun; I loved life.  Today my goal in life is to enjoy it, to love every minute and live it like it is the last.  Cancer has also helped me to see that you can never give up, I could have easily given up, but I wanted to live.  I wanted to enjoy the rest of my life, and thatís why I am here today.  Cancer has made me more determined than I ever thought possible even in small everyday things.  It has made me go through each day as to make sure at the end of it I have nothing to regret because I have lived that day to its true potential.  Oddly enough I owe a lot of my success to cancer, without it I would never have the driving force that I have today to succeed.  If given the choice I would go through the entire battle again, even though it was the hardest thing I will ever face, but because of it I have become the person I am proud to be, and nothing can take that away.

Succeeding in the battle with cancer made me more determined than I ever thought possible to become a success in life.  It has made me work incredibly hard in school as well as in any other challenge I am faced with.  Now as I am about to enter college to further my education I am forced to think about a career to follow.  I have chosen to study to become a Petroleum Engineer.  I have made this decision because I am fascinated by math and sciences, also because I am skilled in these subjects as well.  The drive that surviving cancer has given me will allow me to do nothing other than to give my best effort and pray for the best possible outcome.  By studying in college I hope to further my education and start off a life of my own as a complete success as I graduate and move into my career.

The struggle I endured for four years of my early life has forever changed who I really am, and for that I am eternally grateful.  I can always look back on it and be proud that I made it, I lived; Iím ready for anything.  It better be ready for me."

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