Story of Survival - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Story of Survival

 

 

 

Story of Survival
By: Wendy Ray

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, they're all painful treatments no one should have to go through. But one Heartland teenager has been through all of them, and now is telling his story of survival. It's been a rough few months for 17 year old Anthony Bechelli. In December, doctors told him he had a brain tumor.

Anthony loves to play the drums. It's safe to say band is his favorite subject at Frankfort Community High School. But just a few months ago, Anthony had to take time off from the band, and every other subject for that matter.

"I got up, got real dizzy, everything crossed," Anthony says. "I crawled on the ground all the way to the bathroom." Anthony was rushed to the hospital, and then flown to St. Louis. Doctors told him he had a brain tumor. "They said it was about four inches long. They said I could of had it the time I was born, or three weeks prior," he says.

The tumor was treatable and easy to get rid of. A scar on the back of his head is a constant reminder of where doctors took it out. But the chemotherapy and radiation that followed surgery wasn't easy for Anthony. "You're sick a lot, you don't eat a lot, you're weak, you're tired, you sleep constantly," Anthony says.

Anthony's finished with his first six weeks of treatment. Now, he's recuperating and getting ready for an eight week round of chemotherapy. It's going to be tough, but Anthony says, he'll get through it. "You kind of think of yourself as a different person," he says. "You feel like you've overcome something greater than you can possibly think of. Now there's nothing to be afraid of."

Even though he missed some school during his treatments, he's still on track with his classes. It's been a tough time for Anthony and his family. Trips back and forth to St. Louis have been expensive. Here's information on how you can help.

"Dinner with Anthony"
Saturday, March 29th
First Christian Church Family Life Center
West Frankfort
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 a person.

  • SPONSORED BY SOUTHEAST HEALTHHealthMore>>

  • Health Minute: Tobacco, alcohol are biggest health burdens

    Health Minute: Tobacco, alcohol are biggest health burdens

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:21:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:57:39 GMT
    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. (Source: CNN)Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. (Source: CNN)

    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.

    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.

  • Study: Egg a day may reduce heart disease risk

    Study: Egg a day may reduce heart disease risk

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:05 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:05:43 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:10 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:10:33 GMT
    Researchers say this new information could be good news for eggs which have gotten a bad reputation due to cholesterol concerns. (Source: CNN)Researchers say this new information could be good news for eggs which have gotten a bad reputation due to cholesterol concerns. (Source: CNN)

    Researchers say this new information could be good news for eggs which have gotten a bad reputation due to cholesterol concerns. 

    Researchers say this new information could be good news for eggs which have gotten a bad reputation due to cholesterol concerns. 

  • Can’t afford your diabetes care?

    Can’t afford your diabetes care?

    Thursday, May 17 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-05-18 00:46:08 GMT
    More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or pre-diabetes according to the CDC, and some can’t afford the testing supplies(Source: Pixabay.com)More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or pre-diabetes according to the CDC, and some can’t afford the testing supplies(Source: Pixabay.com)
    (Source: Pixabay.com)(Source: Pixabay.com)

    More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or pre-diabetes according to the CDC, and some can’t afford the testing supplies and medication they need to live healthy lives. 

    More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or pre-diabetes according to the CDC, and some can’t afford the testing supplies and medication they need to live healthy lives. 

Powered by Frankly