When 16-year-old Florida teen Hunter Brady experienced weakness and shortness of breath, his physician surmised the symptoms were that of a virus, most likely the flu. But Brady's condition continued to worsen. Soon he had to sleep sitting up, prompting his family to take him to the hospital. A CAT scan revealed Brady's right lung and thirty percent of his left lung had collapsed. Once doctors drained the fluids from his lungs and heart, they reached a new diagnosis: Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. With a 65% survival rate, it's the cancer's most aggressive form.
Brady, who dreams of becoming a pastor, began chemotherapy treatments in early January, and returned home later in February with two more treatments to go.
He told People Magazine:
I was shocked and so scared. But I knew I could beat this so I stayed positive. I kept a lot of faith.
Twitter users bolstered Brady's faith even more, offering wishes for strength and healing:
Hang in there and fight the good fight, you can beat this. Sending love and hope for a complete recovery.— Human Race (@HumanRace4all) February 28, 2018
We wish you the very best you’ll be in our prayers don’t give up on your faith in God.— J R & Alexandria (@jrsaccountings1) March 1, 2018
Jeff...any child with a terminal illness is always so very tragic.I pray that this young man keep strong and that Gods healing flow through him. I pray for his family. ..may God strenghten them during this time. May they have peace.— Iris gonzales (@iris_gonzales) March 1, 2018
That’s terrible news.. so sorry 😐 stay strong, many prayers will be offered for your strength 🙏— ♥️Judy Di ♥️ (@proffitt_judy) March 1, 2018
I hope this young man feels better and doesn't have too much pain.— Max Kronader (@MKronader) March 1, 2018
Fight! I was diagnosed with terminal cancer,was given three weeks to live. That was almost five years ago. Miracles can and do happen.— MarieLouiseDubois #resist #bluewave (@MarieLDubois1) February 28, 2018
God bless this young man. Life is so precious. Live to always help others.— Breeze Along (@LightworkerNow) February 28, 2018
While offering prayers, many mentioned the prevalence of misdiagnoses:
Oh my....I wish him the best in his fight.....👍🙏— Constitutional-TQN👑 (@TechQn) March 1, 2018
But then, how was this misdiagnosed so poorly? Yikes 😬
Absolutely heartbreaking! Too many misdiagnoses.— Mary-Ann Hornbaker (@mahornbaker) February 28, 2018
Brady's family has set up a YouCaring page to help offset the costs of medical expenses. Meanwhile the internet continues to surround Hunter with hope for healing.