When All Has Else Failed: Ivan Egorov’s Recovery from Leukemia at Sheba
Yulia Egorova came to Sheba Medical Center from Nizhegorodskaya Oblast, Russia, to seek treatment for her son, Ivan, who was diagnosed with leukemia.
October 20, 2020
While we coped with many difficulties in the past, Ivan’s overall health is normal now, with no need for frequent doctor visits. Once a year we visit Sheba for check-ups, and at most, Ivan has tests every six months.
I remember how I felt when I first heard Ivan’s diagnosis. I didn’t really understand what we were facing. But now I understand that challenges are given to those who are able to pass them. If you respond by sinking into self-pity, whining or complaining about life – life will slip through your fingers. But, instead, if you face each day with gratitude for life, you’ll be rewarded with happiness. According to our faith, we will live.
During Ivan’s fight against leukemia, he made one wish each year when he blew out the candles on his birthday cake: he wished to participate in sports clubs. Now, he’s a pint-sized athlete! Five years ago, I was afraid to dream about having these types of experiences – but now, we’re doing them. Dreams come true, don’t be afraid to dream.