06 Jan '16, 7pm
Here's the annual @karvon is still living tweet...hooray! #poorkid
Volleyball, basketball, softball, church, friends, and boys: this was my life at 17 when I got the news. It was October of 2005, the beginning of high school basketball season in my hometown of Beckley, West Virginia, when I became ill. I thought it was a really bad cold or even the flu, but I was used to being sick and fighting through it, so I didn’t think much about it. I started antibiotics while I continued going to school and playing basketball. I would start to feel better for a while, then BOOM, the fatigue would hit me like lightning again. I would take more antibiotics and continue my life as usual. I thought I was tough. After several weeks, I was still pushing myself to keep life as normal as possible. By this time, I was only going to school a half day every day so I could play basketball. I didn’t have it in me to go all day with how I was feeling. I would ei...