2015 – Nathan’s Story

2015 – Nathan’s Story

  • Tree of Life Christian High School – Class of 2013
  • Wittenberg University – Basketball
  • Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2014
  • Treatments at The James Cancer Hospital
IMG_3623I grew up in Worthington, Ohio with two sisters and one brother. I graduated from Tree of Life Christian High School in 2013. In the fall of 2013, I went to Wittenberg University to play basketball. One night last summer I went in to the ER after having very bad shin pain, the next day I was admitted to the James Cancer Hospital.


On July 12, 2014 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It wasn’t easy to hear that I had Leukemia, I was devastated. I didn’t know much about leukemia and I didn’t know what was going to happen or if I would be okay. The love and support of my friends and family was incredible. My hospital room was never empty, lonely, or without smiles and laughs. I was very blessed to have friends and family that always cheered me up and encouraged me. It wasn’t always easy but I stayed positive and put my hope and faith in the Lord. Chemo was tough, it was very physically and emotionally draining.


After a little more than three months, two rounds of chemotherapy, and forty total days spent in the hospital, I went into remission on October 31, 2014. My high school sweetheart Maddy Haig (now Durbin) spent all 40 days and 40 nights in the hospital right by my side. She was my rock, and on January 1, 2015 I asked her to marry me. We decided to get married after I finished my fourth round of intense chemotherapy, and began maintainance chemo. On June 26, 2015, I married my best friend and the love of my life. In one year I had the lowest and highest points in my life. It was a long year but God is good!



-Nathan Durbin