His diagnosis created limits for him, on the amount of life he could live and the man he could become. But in many other ways it opened things up for Freddie, and brought out the best in him. While his carefree high school days were over, he deepened relationships as his family and friends rallied to his side.
Freddie’s mom was in a panic over what could happen, and the chance she might lose the sweet boy she doted on. In many ways, the loving teenager became a caretaker of his mother – reassuring her that treatments would work and tests would improve.
When a TrinityKids Care team met Freddie, he needed help managing his pain – and some other symptoms, too. He seemed wise beyond his years – a side effect of dealing with a trauma so early in life. He proudly showed his TrinityKids caregivers a picture of his mom, and then triumphantly lifted the sleeve of his shirt to reveal the picture tattooed on his arm with the phrase Never Give Up underneath. His mom was his hero, and he had made sure she knew that he would never stop fighting.
His brother and sister had their own young children, and Freddie felt blessed to have a chance to be an uncle to them. He talked a lot about ideas for a legacy he could leave for them all. Over the weeks and months, Freddie found his way into the hearts of many caregivers, who adopted his resilient attitude in their own lives. As it turned out, that was Freddie’s legacy to everyone – a resolve to go further, and to never give up.