I don’t know where to begin with my story . There is so many different aspects to capture here . My start will be with the start of the downward spiral . In summer of 2014, my grandfather was diagnosed with stomach and colon cancer . Once his surgery was marked successfull, he began chemo & radiation . His whole live changed , he could no longer do any of the things he once enjoyed . I watched as his body grew weaker and his mind began to give up. In January of 2016 he was announced “cancer free” . But our celebrations were short lived . In May of the same year he was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. He did chemo and radiation again for a short time , but decided to discontinue treatment and go into hospice . I was then forced to watch my hero die , which finally took place June 10th 2016. That day my world changed . It took a long time for me to get the closure from his death . A few years actually , to this day I still don’t know if i have compelety came to terms with his death .
Now fast forwarding to 2018 , my senior year, i decide to come out to my friends and family . Always knowing I was gay , ever since i was little , but never being told it was okay to come out . Coming out was nothing huge , my friends didn’t care , the family that knows is accepting . There are still family members that do not know because i know they will not accept me with loving arms . But I hope to gain the stregnth to tell them all soon enough.
Staying in my senior year , this year has been the toughest . I had a teacher , who i trusted , abuse me in ways no student shouldn’t ever endure . I was abused for 2 years before i finally spoke out this year . On October 1st , my teacher placed both hands around my neck and chocked me until i could not breathe . He did it twice . This was not the worst he had done to me, but it was my last straw . The next day I go into my school admin to file my report . I was then given a meeting the following Wednesday to discuss my abuse . My school never did anything about my abuse . The told my abuser he was not allowed to come back for the rest of the school year but is welcomed back next school year . They swept my mental , physical , and sexual abuse under the rug to protect their own image . It’s now been 3 months and I took matters into my own hands with the help of a school facility member . I now am in touch with a detective and a lawyer and my voice will be heard and i will get the justice i deserve.
This isn’t all my story . But these are the biggest challenges i have had to come through, besides a suicide attempt freshman year , an abusive relationship sophmore year , a breast tumor that was finally removed in December 2018 , drug addicted family members , and then my AP class on top of an EMT class . But dispite everything , I am still here . I am still going . I will over come everything . Thank you for reading. And never give up.