Enduring chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 7year
old Joel Waters has still managed to achieve an orange belt in karate. This Melbourne
boy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. However the prognosis for his recovery
has been positive so far. He is also preparing to go to second grade in school
from this week.
The treatment was intensive in the
early stages and took its toll on young Joel. Due to the side-effects of
chemotherapy Joel had hunger cravings which lead to 4kg weight gain in about
3weeks. When he was 3years old, he lost the ability to walk due to effects of
the drug on nerve endings.
2 years ago, Joel began karate
lessons, swimming and snorkeling. Joel said, "During the treatment, karate
lessons made me feel better." Joel's oncologist at Monash Children's
Hospital, Dr Pratiti Bandopadhayay says, "90 per cent of children with the
seven-year-old's form of cancer will be cured. It was very rewarding seeing
Joel preparing to go to school this week."