A second-grader at Belmont Elementary School in Lincoln hasn't let cancer bring him down. He submitted this story, courtesy of Lincoln Public Schools:
My name is Tyson Eugene Zimmer. I am 7 years old and love doing anything and everything. I live in Lincoln with my mom, Austin, and little brother, Riley. I am a second-grader at Belmont Elementary School in Lincoln.
I love going to visit my dad in Central City, Neb., and riding my own four-wheeler that my dad got for me.
I play all the sports that I can like baseball, football, basketball and soccer, and love meeting new friends and playing outside as much as I can.
I am very sick and it all began May 2, 2011. After going to multiple doctors and going from one hospital to the next, it was the Children's Hospital in Omaha that found the brain tumor.
I had surgery on May 16th to completely remove the tumor and then began to have seizures. On May 18th, more tumors were found in my spinal fluid. After 3 weeks, I found out that I am allergic to the seizure meds which caused very extreme outbursts along with kicking, hitting and spitting (which is completely not me).
On April 3rd, I was eating dinner and collapsed. I was rushed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln.
On the way I lost use of the left side of my body, so I was then rushed to the Children's Hospital in Omaha. Before arriving I began to seize and stopped breathing, so they put me to sleep and put in breathing and feeding tubes.
On April 5th, we received news that I had relapsed and the cancer had spread to my spinal fluid which caused the seizures and swelling in my head. They stopped the chemo I had been receiving and started a stronger dose on April 7th.
Almost 2 weeks later, it went from bad to worse. We found out the new chemo treatments weren't working and I wasn't getting any better.
The doctor said that my cancer was incurable, so my parents decided to take out my breathing and feeding tubes. No one thought I would make it through the night, but I am a fighter.
I am no longer receiving the chemotherapy and will hopefully be off of all my meds soon so I can come home and live the life I have left to the fullest!
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