Community of Lebanon helps Christian's journey against cancer

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Lebanon High School football coach and activities director Will Christian rings the bell at Mercy Hospital after completing treatment for his Stage Two P16 throat cancer that he was diagnosed with in January.


It was during the 2018 Lebanon High School football season when head football coach Will Christian started to develop a golfball-size lymph node in his neck. After going through testing in November and December, the 14-year coach in this town and activities director at LHS was diagnosed with Stage Two P16 throat cancer in January.

“At that time the plan was unveiled, and they determined things such as, is cancer just there, what form is it, and how curable is it?” said Christian. “In season I knew I had an issue, but it was still in the early phases at that point in time.”

When his doctor broke the news to him, Christian described his initial thoughts as very challenging and worrisome.

“I’m 43-years-old, have two young children (Brayden and Hannah) and a son in high school (Trevor), and when it happens, there are certain levels of why me and you feel sorry for yourself,” he mentioned. “Before I knew all the information, you wonder, is there some finality to things? That is challenging as well.”

Make no doubt about it, throughout the past five months, there have been plenty of ups and downs in the situation, but Christian said his faith in the Lord and the support from everyone in the Lebanon community helped him throughout his treatments.

“I grew a ton in my faith. I thought through a certain period that I was a pretty tough individual, and I was in control of things in my life,” he said. “I learned quickly at the beginning of this process that God is in control, and I’m not.

“I can’t express the gratitude to our community, church community, and school community. It has just been unbelievable with the support, and it has certainly made things easier for sure.”

For the complete article, see Wednesday’s print edition of The County Record, or view online.


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