Believe it Achieve it – Seneca’s Story
GMFS Mortgage had the honor of meeting Seneca Cox through our #BelieveItAchieveIt program with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health and Varsity Sports. Seneca reminds us to believe in ourselves so that we can achieve more than we thought we were capable of. Way to go Seneca!
Here’s Seneca’s story relayed by his dad, Steve:
“In January, Seneca kept feeling tired and was easily out-of-breath. He recently switched schools and was attending the University Academy on LSU Alexandria’s campus taking college courses, which forced him to walk all over campus. On Jan. 27, my wife, Nina, took him to Urgent Care and they administered a blood test. Early on January 28, Urgent Care called to say the test showed signs of cancer and to take him to the ER immediately. He was taken to the hospital at Alexandria, where it was revealed, he had leukemia and a blood spot had developed on his brain. They life flighted him to the Our Lady of the Lakes hospital. His blood counts were so low, he was a paper cut away from bleeding to death. He stayed unconscious for the entire month of February. In that time, he had had a brain catheter inserted in his head to remove blood and pressure from his brain. His type of leukemia has a 90% survival rate, but most deaths occur in the first 10 days. His first 3 weeks were marked by several life threatening events. By the time he left, the trach had been removed and he was one of the lucky patients to not need a shunt. He woke up in early March, He was able to talk, but was unable to sit up without being assisted. When he returned to Our Lady of the Lakes in May for Leukemia treatment, he was able to walk 1 mile, but still had a number of brain-related issues. He works with the therapists at the Lakes to improve strength, balance, and memory. Today, he is on his last month of chemo treatment. He has been in remission since July. He is taking one college class and doing well. Hopefully, he will be able to return to finish high school and take more college classes in January. The Believe It Achieve It program has been a great motivator for him and he went after his goals with zest.” #changinglives