Life Lessons with Louis

“The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Life can be very hard, and I don’t care how tough you are…it can beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. But it isn’t about how hard you get hit, it’s about how you keep moving forward…that’s how winning is done.”

Luis became part of the Jacob’s Heart family at the age of 16, when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a painful bone cancer. After undergoing treatment, Luis was excited to learn he was cancer-free. But after three years, life took another turn…Luis’ doctors told him that, unfortunately, his cancer had returned. While it wasn’t the news he had hoped for, Luis knew he would have the support he needed, with his family here at Jacob’s Heart.

Luis is part of the Jacob’s Heart Teen Group, and feels strengthened being with others who know what he’s going through, especially his mentor, Mariela Medina. Together, the Jacob’s Heart teens learn how to turn their cancer experience into Post-Traumatic Growth, an evidence-based theory that holds that after tremendous struggles, deeper meaning and growth can be found. Post-Traumatic Growth is especially possible with support from others who share the experience.

Times Publishing Group

August 2018