On July 10th, 2018 I was diagnosed with (A.L.L.), Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, My name is Martin am a 16 year old from Omaha Nebraska. I have only just started the war with chemo and it is already difficult for me. I spend most of my days in the hospital or stuck at home, as should a sixteen year old should be in school worrying about their grades, or at least be able to enjoy time with friends and family. My family has been doing everything for me, and I can’t appreciate them enough for what they do, they have tried to keep a smile on my face since the moment I was told I had cancer, but I really know they are suffering themselves as well. Every day I see my parents wake up at five in the morning to go work at their demanding jobs, and get home late, just enough time to give me my medication. I hate to have to see them get home from breaking their back all day to have to get home just to see their son in pain, and I try to hide my pain from them in effort to make their day a little better. They show me smiles but I know they shed Their tears behind my back. I love my family so much and I am just now realizing how much I should have been appreciating them, all my brothers and sister have supported me day and night through all the pain and I really thank those people who visited me through some of my toughest times and cheered me up. Everyday I see these children battling with cancer at the hospital, but never in my mind did I think I was going to end up in their shoes. Nobody deserves to have to go through So much deep pain, much less a child who has just started to live their life. It was exceptionally hard for me when I was told I had cancer, I had just found the upside to life. I was finally making my own money, I had just bought my truck, school was going to start up, and I was finally beginning to feel the independence of being a teenager when all of a sudden it was all torn away from me. The independence and freedom that most teenagers have was taken from me in the blink of an eye, and i could do nothing about it. I thank god that I have so much support in my life from loved ones and I have no way of showing it to them. My wish is to help my parents through this point in our life because I know they are not only stressed about me, but also for putting food on the table and keeping the electricity and water running. I wish I could just get a job to help relieve some of their stress but i know I can’t. I never was the type of person to ask for help, nor never wanted to be, but if I could help what so ever, even if it is just enough to put a meal on the table, It would mean the world to me to be able to help my parents. Anything is helpful, thank you so much for your kindness.