While most 21 year old individuals are celebrating their graduation from college, independence and their first career steps, since Christmas day of 2012, Nathan Piekutowski spends his free time encouraging struggling children and adults to be courageous with the same prognosis. Repeatedly spending his time in the hospital and undergoing one chemo treatment after another, he continues to smile, laugh and help others as he battles AML leukemia. That is just the kind of young adult he is; a wonderful gift beyond the norm.
Nate started having flu-like symptoms; fatigue, sweating, swollen ankles and blurry vision. As a typical 21 year old, he, of course, did not see the need to see a doctor. He had always been healthy. After two months, the symptoms became worse. On December 25th, Nate decided to go to the emergency room. Blood work was done and a second test to confirm the results. Within 4 hours of entering the hospital ER, he was transferred by ambulance to a better facility, given 2 blood transfusions and a bone marrow biopsy. The diagnosis; AML Leukemia.
Just two weeks ago, this picture was taken of Nate as he constantly focuses on building his strength and doing all the right measures to improve his health. However, Nate is currently hospitalized once again and the process of searching for a bone marrow donor has just begun.
If you are interested in learning more about Nate and how you may contribute to his well-being, please click on Nathan Piekutowski for more information and see his website. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nathanpiekutowski/photos
For me, we come in this world with a list of what we need to learn and accomplish. Some people question why me when tragedy strikes. Maybe, it is not all about us but how we can give to others. Maybe, Nate is living his true purpose in this world.
Maybe, we need to live ours too. Please feel free to leave a message for Nate and his family on their website...if nothing more than to congratulate all of them for never giving up.