Welcome to Davide Savio's Page
My cancer journey started 5 years ago after a family trip to Florida, my children were 2.5 and 14 months, I had been married for 4 years. When we returned back home, my wife and I noticed that the lump on my neck was bigger than before we left. After a number of tests and possible diagnoses, in March 2015 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma. I heard cancer and thought, I’m a young man, recently married with a young family and that’s it for me. No first day of school bus drop off for my kids, no graduations, no weddings, no family event will ever be the same for my family.
Within the year, I was treated in the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre by a phenomenal team. I couldn’t have asked for or received better care anywhere. On top of the care I received and continue to receive, I would be remiss not to say, that I had unwavering support from my family and friends. Their positivity was integral to my treatment.
My wife noticed the Grow On Windsor campaign in 2017 and said “you should do this...not that I’m a fan of your beard but you should do it.” So I did and will continue to support this campaign because it’s so important to men’s health. All the funds raised benefit people like me, and any man reading this that has been affected by cancer or could be affected by cancer.
I put my kids on the bus, coach soccer, will celebrate 10 years of marriage next year and just celebrated with my family, my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. If I am anything, I am gracious and thankful. For the people I’m surrounded by, for the care that I receive, for all the good things in my life. Gracious to be greeted by smiling faces or even a little madness when I walk in the door at home. I’m happy to have a little madness at home than nothing at all. I breathe deep and live in the moment because in a moment it could be gone.
Davide E. Savio
A quote Davide would like to share with you:
Why does my brain remember the worst? Wouldn’t I want to remember it better?
It does seem counterintuitive, until you realize how the brain works.
The brain is just trying to make sense of things in the moment.
Sometimes the world is so beautiful, like a newborn baby gripping your finger.
Life is also fragile, you blink, and it’s gone just like that.
In the face of horror, our minds turn trauma into a story to make sense of it, even if it doesn’t make sense.
So why would your mind tell you the world is evil?
Because evil means that your brain is right.
Evil means that you can just give up.
But to believe that we all have the capacity to be heroes, no matter how evil the world may seem.
That’s harder, because that means when the worst happens, we can choose to stand up.
We can choose to help.
And that’s what all day, all around us people do.
So is the world dark? Sure.
But there’s light, there’s so much light.
You just have to open your eyes and look.
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