My name is Anthony Lamberto and I’m 17 years old. On May 2, 2017, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. In the weeks leading up to my diagnosis, I had been feeling very tired and lacked the stamina to do simple things such as walking from class to class at school or even walking up a flight of stairs. I also would experience times when my heart would be racing after something simple such as drying my hair after a shower or just standing up too quickly. These symptoms along with several other more minor things such as periodic back pain and pale skin led me to my diagnosis early last year.
Aside from my diagnosis, I am a normal 17-year-old from Clearwater, Florida. I am a huge sports fan and love all teams in the Tampa Bay Area and even love to play sports myself. When I’m not playing or watching sports, I’m usually playing my guitar or listening to some rock and roll music. I like most all types of music, but my favorite by far is rock and roll. These hobbies have helped me get through some of the tougher times during my treatment and have helped to take my mind off the stressful things brought on by my diagnosis.
Although my diagnosis has caused both mine and my family’s lives to change in ways that we had hoped would never happen, the incredible people we’ve come to know and the amazing experiences we have had would never have happened if not for my diagnosis. My diagnosis has both strengthened me as a person and has given me tools for use later in life that few sources can provide. I want to thank all the people at All Children’s hospital both in the hospital and in the Outpatient Care Clinic, and I also want to thank the overwhelming support that I have received from family and friends. Without them, I wouldn’t have had the strength and will to stay strong and continue fighting every day. I look forward to being an ambassador for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and I can’t wait for the amazing experiences and opportunities it will bring, along with the incredible people I will have the privilege to meet.