[Grand Prize] 박재형
도우미 | 2019.01.16 | 조회 2087

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How many of you have seen someone

dying right next you? There are some

critical moments in our lifetime that give

us the strength to continue. It could be

a traumatic experience such as natural

disaster or an accident. Today, I would

like to share a very personal experience

that I endured that affected me so much

that I can now get through any

difficulties in my life. Beforehand, I

would like to mention that I am so

grateful for everything that I have today.

I try my best not to take anything for

granted because this is now my second

life. OK, what do I mean by second life

here? On March 25th, 1993 I was lying

in the hospital, almost unconscious.

I had been bleeding from my nose for

more than ten days. My face was as

white as a ghost. I was eleven, and

I remember that I saw my parents

sobbing through the window of the

emergency room while a group of

doctors were telling something.

Later, I found out that I contracted

leukemia. As you may know, leukemia

is a type of cancer which is considered

an incurable disease with a survival rate

of less than 50%. I was immediately

hospitalized after my blood test and

bone marrow biopsy results confirmed

my diagnosis. That was the very

beginning of my endless treatment

for the disease. At first, my parents

were desperate to find blood donors

because I severely lacked blood to

help me not only to stop the bleeding

but also to fight he disease. My

parents called all of my relatives

and their friends and they even asked

the local newspaper reporter to write

an article to find blood donors.

One of my cousins, who was serving

at the military, told his commander

about my story and many of his camp

soldiers gladly donated their fresh

blood. And, it is still running through

my veins. During treatments, I often

suffered high fevers, and I had constant

blood tests and shots which virtually

ruined all of the veins on my hands.

I also experienced hair loss due to

the strong chemotherapy. Above all,

the most fearful treatment was bone

marrow biopsy which was done on a

weekly basis. And it was so dreadful

because doctors did not put me under

anesthesia when they were inserting

a long and sharp needle into my spine.

I had to bend my back, lying on a bed,

directly feeling the needle penetrating

into my body. A shiver ran down my

spine and I screamed while naming all

of the gods that I knew to help me

escape from this agony. A couple

patients who shared a hospital room

with me simply passed away while

they were fighting the same disease.

A girl next to my bed, whose parents

denied her blood transfusion because

of their religious beliefs, eventually

died. Witnessing someone right

beside me dying was a shocking

experience for an eleven-year-

old boy. I felt like I was losing

a comrade in a battle and it was

one of the most heartbreaking

moments in my life.

However, strangely enough,

watching someone dying somehow

strengthened my resolve to survive.

I suppose that I might have wanted,

from the bottom of my heart, to

show those blood donors that I

successfully overcame the disease.

So, I decided then and there to do

my best to overcome the disease.

I prayed every single day to God

to help me to fight the disease.

Miraculously, I was able to endure

painful treatments for three years.

My health gradually recovered

and, finally, my will to survive

defeated this horrible disease,

and I was able to prove to

myself to whom I owe my life.

Ironically, my terrible childhood

experience at the hospital has

become a ‘fuel’ that has helped

me to bear through other difficult

moments in my life. Whenever

I had hard times growing up,

I always reminded myself of long,

agonizing treatments I endured.

Without the experience of fighting

leukemia, I would never have

overcome other adversities

in my life. Before I wrap up my

presentation, I would like to

introduce myself. I’ve been

working as a coast guard for the

last ten years. It is a great honor

for me to serve for the people

I love and the fact that I can

assist people in need is the most

valuable and rewarding experience.

Whenever I see people rescued

from distress with my little help,

I feel as if I am repaying the favor

that I received from many

different, unknown people

when I was sick as a child.

I hope to return this benevolence

to anyone in need so long as

this blood continues to course

through my body. Thank you.


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