Cancer category: Sarcomas
Cancer type: Ewing’s Sarcoma
Cancer has not stopped Ricky from living his life or having dreams for his future. He found out that he had Ewing’s Sarcoma when he was 19 years old.
“I was 19 years old, working full-time and a full-time student. I have always been extremely athletic, ate very well, and kept active with friends. I was looking forward to what the future held and moving out and starting my life on my own. Cancer was the last thing on my mind. Then I got the news…”you have Ewing’s sarcoma” and these plans that I was so focused on had to change.
In my opinion, the biggest challenge in having cancer during young adulthood is having an advocate there for me, which is ironic because it was during a time when I wanted to be independent. Cancer shows you the people who will really stick by your side and with no one there, I would imagine life could get pretty lonely. I was lucky enough to have my mother there for me the whole time, but for those who aren't lucky enough to have someone who can constantly be there for them, I would see this as being the biggest challenge for them to handle.
Having cancer did not stop me from falling in love, from walking when I never should have again, it hasn't stopped my drive to want more for myself in my life, I still have all my dreams and entire life ahead of me.
I want to go on and work as an EMT or as a civilian in a police station. I want to get married raise a family and live comfortably without worry of not having enough money or the cancer coming back again.
I would like to pay tribute to those who supported me throughout this journey: Stephanie (mom), Steven (dad), Alyssa (sister), Barbara (grandma), Pete (grandpa), Peter (uncle), Gloria (aunt) and of course the love of my life, Christine.”