Hunter's story

Hunter on the swing

I am happy that you came to see me play on the tire swing. It's in the park, and when I'm there, I can run, jump, climb, bounce and see-saw, too.  If you decided to run, I would chase you like a cougar and I would not stop until you stop.  And I’m really good at tag and hide and seek.  My feet are fast. 

I’m fast, but I’m just Hunter.  That’s what I like to be best.  Sometimes, I jump on the bed in my Spiderman jammies.  And I run around in my red cape.  But, I’m still Hunter, not Spiderman.

  Hunter in Spiderman jammies

What do you like to do? Here are a few of my favorite things: jumping,  playing Thomas the Tank Engine on my tracks, reading books, coloring, rolling Playdoh balls, and watching movies. I have a lot of engines and I have blue tracks, wood tracks, and gray tracks...sometimes I play with my matchbox cars and motorcycles all around the house. I like to watch Thomas the Tank movies and Baby Einstein ones with my baby sister Lilly. What do you think of her sitting in the grocery cart with me? I have a grown up sister and brother, too. They're teenagers, Addy and Sean-Luc.

Hunter's sister Lillie

When I was a baby I was sick, and I'm glad that I don't remember a lot of it.  I was the same size as Lilly is now when I was sick.  When I was almost a-year-and-a-half, I fell down some stairs, and when I went to the hospital and got an xray, everyone learned that I had something inside my head that had no business being there. It was a brain tumor, discovered by accident! The doctors did an operation on my head to take a tumor out.  My mommy said I looked like a bionic boy because in the hospital, the tumor was taken out and some tubes and wires were put in my chest and belly. Some tubes were there so that I could get strong medicine called chemo to get rid of the tumor everyone was talking about. Other tubes were there so I could get food in my belly when my mouth didn't feel like eating, When I had chemo, my mouth got sore, so it was a good thing that one of the tubes went in my belly. That way I could stay healthy, even though I felt pretty sick (that's what my mommy told me).

Hunter when he was sick

Luckily, I’m not sick anymore.  Now, I go to school, and I get to visit with my friends on play dates.  I don’t go to the hospitals everyday, either, only when I need to have an MRI.

Remember all those tubes I had? Well now, I have scars in those places, one on my chest, and another on my belly. My head has a scar on it too, but I’ve never seen it because it’s behind me, so I don't even mind.  Now, I can slide down the slide on my belly and it doesn’t hurt a bit.

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

January 28, 2007