Wyatt Perez enjoys spending time with his friends fr hanging out and playing sports. At 17, he's what you would consider a typical teenager.
"I thought I was a normal kid," explained Wyatt during an appointment.
His new normal is appointments and lots of them.
In March, Wyatt really wasn't feeling all that great. He had a cold, headaches, and blurry vision. A series of tests concluded with news that he never could have imagined. Wyatt was diagnosed with germinoma. Doctors told him he had two tumors in his brain.
The diagnosis took Wyatt away from the halls of East View High School. The night of his first surgery the room was packed with friends waiting for him to wake up. While he can't physically be in school he's finishing up his classes from home.
Scars serve as a reminder of the four surgeries he has already had. Wyatt is fighting alongside the team at Dell Children's Medical Center. They are working to kill the cancer in his body.
"Through the years we have been working on learning more through the Children's Oncology Group and Wyatt is actually taking part in one of those studies. We're learning how to best treat all of our patients fighting these devastating diseases," said Dr. Virginia Harrod, the chief of neuro-oncology at Dell Children's.
"You hear stories and your understand what you're hearing but until it happens to someone close to you or him in this case you're thinking is this really happening," said Lou Ann Perez, Wyatt's mom.
Determined more than ever Wyatt's fight with cancer makes him want to give back one day. "I had no idea what I wanted to do and I was in the hospital forever and I had thought about joining the Marines or being an MRI tech. Since I can't be a Marine I'd rather be a tech," said Wyatt.
"I'm hoping he finds a way to go to college and reach his goals and every mom wants their kids to be successful," said Perez.
Wyatt's team is hopeful that he's on the right track with treatment and responding well so far. " We are always aiming for a cure and straight on the right path to getting him a cure. His tumor is one we have learned a lot about over the years so Wyatt is doing fantastic. He's tolerating chemotherapy and his inner strength is admirable. We have all hopes of curing this disease," said Harrod.
With more chemotherapy and radiation ahead Wyatt knows he's not alone. He's forever grateful for everyone on his team.
"They are right there with you. To feel along during this would be really bad. You feel like you're fighting the world," said Wyatt.