A Beloved Friend and a Survivor
On March 13th, 2011, Augustus Conmy at the age of 16 got into a minor snowboarding accident. His father encouraged a visit to the hospital to check for a possible concussion. Fortunately, Augustus did not have a concussion. However, what the doctors did find was not only shocking it was much more severe. After many tests, and four months later, Augustus was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. This unfortunately would only be his first taste of cancer.
Fast forward two years later to 2013. Having undergone treatment, Augustus was recovering very well and was about to embark on a new journey by transferring his sophomore year to the University of Vermont from Vermont Technical College, where he was studying business. That August, Augustus went in for his routine check-up to track his progress. To his dismay, he was only given more unfortunate news and was later diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After realizing the severity of his diagnoses, Augustus had to temporarily put his college career on hold and admit himself in NYC’s Sloan Kettering. There he would he spend the next 11 months fighting for his health and his life.
“Augustus is an incredible person; he gives me strength when I feel weak. I cannot imagine a harder uphill battle to endure. Augustus carried himself with so much determination and grace. He is the MOST positive person I know and I love him so much for those reasons and more”, Sierra Thompson, Carved Solutions Social Media Marketing Specialist and a dear friend of Augustus.
On June 5th, 2014, Augustus was unofficially cured of his cancer! “Cancer had a dramatic impact on my life, but it taught me so much about myself. If I could go back, I’d do it all again”. Now recovered from surgery and healthy, Augustus gets to go back to the things in his life that mean the most. “Hopefully I will be riding dirt bikes and playing soccer soon. My greatest passion is motorcycles. You can’t keep me away from them”. Augustus has also resumed school back at Vermont Technical College. There he is pursuing a carrier as a diesel technician, and aspiring to be a successful business owner. “I hope something with a performance application. Enjoying what I do is most important to me. So whatever it is, it has to have wheels and a motor”.
Augustus would say that his fight has only made him stronger and more prepared for anything to come his way in life. “Stay Positive! The more positive the better. It makes everything much more manageable. It’s really easy to become frustrated, but there is no point in dragging it out. Make the best out of the situation and I promise you it won’t seem so bad.”
It’s experiences and stories like this that reminds us all to always believe in ourselves. No matter the challenge, to always hold on to hope, belief and faith that although these times are hard, they too, will pass and you will be able to rejoice and celebrate life’s beautiful moments once again.
“We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person’s condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.”
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