Humility lessons from Josh
BRAVERY NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ADULTS
WALKING around the shopping centres or around the city, we usually get recognised for being a Perth Wildcats player.
But for me, I remember a kid I first met some years ago.
Josh (not his real name) is an 11-year old boy I met at a friend’s birthday party.
We actually met for the first time three years ago, but it took me a moment to recognise him this time.
That first time, his hair was shorter, the result of a series of chemotherapy treatments.
Back in 2013, I was invited to a kid’s birthday party.
When I got there, it was no surprise. Just like every kid’s party there was plenty of happiness.
I had no trouble mingling with the kids, it was right down my alley and I ended up growing fond of Josh.
We started out talking Wildcats history; he showed his knowledge by reeling off some stats, telling me my shooting could improve and that his favourite player was Damian Martin.
Josh was the centre of attention. It was his birthday party and he was suffering from cancer. This was his day.
I was invited to visit Josh at PMH to lift his spirits and I was nervous. I hadn’t seen him for a while.
As I arrived, there were a few doctors and nurses and some family members – everyone was talking among themselves.
The conversations turned to his health and Josh overheard someone asking how he was doing.
He had undergone a series of chemotherapy treatments and the doctors determined he was clear of the disease.
It was great news, he wanted to become a ‘normal kid’.
But, recently, something didn’t look right during a routine checkup and they had ordered a biopsy.
He knew people were talking about him and he calmly said: “I’m going to take this head-on.”
I could hear the courage in his voice. Everyone could. Today, he’s doing well.
We are about to head into the last stage of our season, and I’ve heard people talk about courage and heroes and resilience in these circumstances.
We’ve all heard that kind of thing.
I’d like to use these characteristics to describe Josh, but the words aren’t nearly enough.
They are inadequate to describe what Josh and other kids facing cancer have to go through, not just physically but emotionally.
What I saw in the hospital was a boy who was standing tall in an adult world.
Josh showed me that maturity and bravery is not exclusive to adults.
Kids may be smaller in size than we are, but they’re stronger than we give them credit for.
They are the heroes, as well as the doctors and nurses.
Lessons of humility were apparent that day and I can’t help but think how lucky some of us are and what we can all learn from Josh.