At just 15 years old, the last thing Joshua Suarez expected was a stage 4 testicular cancer diagnosis. The teen was terrified and felt absolutely crushed.
“My heart sunk to the bottom of my chest when I heard the word ‘cancer,’” Suarez told Dallas Independent School District News. “I didn’t know what to think, what to feel, or what to do. It was really heartbreaking to hear, and all I could ask was ‘why me?’”
According to Dallas ISD News, Suarez knew cancer ran in his family. His mom, grandma and aunt had all received a cancer diagnosis before. But he did not expect a cancer diagnosis to come so early on in his life.
“I was like that’s a death sentence. I really thought this is it. This is the end for me.” he told Fox News.
To make matters worse, the cancer had spread to his lungs. But Suarez was a fighter. He says he was determined to fight and he even set a goal to graduate high school with his mates as scheduled.
With the support and love of his family, Suarez persevered right through surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy.
A text message from his brother changed everything completely for Suarez. He says, that simple text was what motivated him to have faith and complete trust in the will of God on his life. “God gives his hardest obstacles to his strongest soldiers,” the text read.
“And as soon as I got that text, I just knew God was with me. Whatever God has planned for me I accept. If it’s to fight, I’m fighting until the end. But if it’s not, I’m ready to go.” Suarez said.
In the end, Suarez came out victorious. He beat cancer and even graduated with his class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas on May 25, 2019.
“To say that I’ve beaten cancer is to say what can I not beat? Going across that stage is more proof I’ve made it.” Suarez said.
Suarez now plans to pursue a medical degree and become an oncologist so he can help others who face this terrible disease. “I now have a crazy amount of optimism that’s going to set me so far ahead in life. I didn’t know what to do with my life before, but now I see my purpose, to serve others. I’ve gotten my second chance in life, and I want to help others have their chance, too.” Suarez told Dallas ISD News.
Suarez’s healing is such an amazing testimony of how faith and surrendering everything to God’s will can completely turn our lives around, regardless of what we face.