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Survivor Stories

Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor now an actor


david cruz non hodgkin lymphoma survivor

Favourite quote

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

David Cruz was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2007. He has successfully defeated his disease. He is a proud father, an actor, artist and happily married.

The Diagnosis.

“January 2007 I fell down the stairs and began losing the feeling in a foot, lutes and left forearm. After an MRI, and Biopsy of a lymph node, they explained to me that I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had several tumors in my spine that were blocking receptors.”

The Journey 

david cruz non hodgkin lymphoma survivor journey

“Waking up every day losing the feeling in my right leg and left hand. Constantly falling and losing my balance. The pain in my back was like the nerve pain from a toothache but much more intense and spread throughout my hip, back and neck. I underwent 10 radiation treatments. They drilled a quarter sized hole in my head and place a port for a specific kind of chemotherapy.  They also gave me 6 different chemotherapy cocktail intravenously. That went on for a year. In January of 2008, they gave me a stem cell transplant. I’ve been cancer free ever since.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My body was so broken down, suffering from muscle atrophy and depression was eating away my spirit. God really entered my life. Every positive word, psalm or good advice, that was said or read to me, began to flash through my mind.  Every kungfu, karate or jujitsu program I ever saw began to inspire me. I felt limitless, even at this point, where I was partially paralyzed. I started to work out as much as I could. I caught pneumonia, due to my weakness but as soon as they let me out the hospital 13 days later, I began to fight again.”

Biggest hindrance

“Sadly, it was money. I couldn’t work and the worker’s compensation was 40 dollars a week. I realized disability wouldn’t give me any money. I received 100 dollars in food stamps.  Rent was piling up and so were medical bills.”

Message to other cancer patients

david cruz non hodgkin lymphoma survivor message

“Positive energy activates constant elevation. Stay focused on positive thoughts and actions”

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