5 years of freedom

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

5 years ago, I started a long, epic battle. One of those “make-or-break” kind of things. One of those journeys that have the purpose of revealing one’s true nature, on one of those roads that one does not start traveling alone. I knew what I was up against. What I didn’t know was how much it would change me. The surgical intervention in 2008 taught me a lot of things that shaped me into the person I am today. I learned that behind every moment of pain and confusion, there’s a bright side. A bright side that I saw due to the brave, wonderful souls that chose to embark upon this momentous journey with me, being there every painful step of the way. My mother is, as always, the first person I will express my gratitude to in these lines. For what seemed like an eternity back then, she stood by my side, her fierce dedication and love urging her to ignore my terrible mood and non-stop moaning and screaming. It truly takes someone with nerves of steel and a noble spirit to be able to put up with the attitude of a bear with a sore head. No amount of thanks is enough. I will always be grateful for you, Supermom! You’re a gift from Heaven!

My motley crew back in high-school, XII F2 from CNB(Colegiul National Banatean) is also worthy of all the respect and gratitude in this Universe and all of the parallel ones. If a hero is defined by the amount of positive energy sent out to someone who really needs it, then all of you guys are Medal of Honor-worthy heroes. David, brother, your wit, wisdom, optimism and faith are precious. May the Almighty give you all you’ve given me thousandfold. Keep it White, man!
Special credit goes to hardcore party-goers Cosmin, Vlad, Razvan and Tito as well. We partied like stars, duuudes! There’s not a day that goes by without a memory of the crazy stuff we did back then! Thanks a million for all the good times! If death is oblivion, you’re immortal. All the girls in class, from Ina, who puts a bit of her soul in everything she creates, to Atena, with her endless fountain of wise-crackin’ jokes and “in your damn face” attitude, Paula and her bearhugs, and everyone else who was there for a “nerd down”, may y’all be blessed! I’m proud and honored to have known people like you.

All my teachers also deserve all the credit in the world for the understanding of my condition and all the supportive acts they’ve engaged in for me. I hope to honor them with everything I do in the future, as they fully deserve. Without their guidance and support, I wouldn’t have been who I am today. My sincere thanks go out to each and every one of them.
 Was it all worth it? Definitely. Hard and painful it may have been, but every moment was worth it, for how can we truly know freedom without breaking our chains? Without this intervention, my definition of freedom may not have become so broad as it is today. I’m a free man, and have been so for 5 years.
PS: I was saddened to learn that Dr. Zoran Vukasinovic, the expert who performed surgery on me has passed away. May he rest in peace, and may he look down upon me and all the other children he helped with a smile.

Eternally grateful,Alex Szollo, super-geek extraordinaire with a taste for FREEEEDOOOOM!


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