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.