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Lauren Hill shares her story with Jim Rome

On October 1, 2013, Lauren Hill, a senior basketball player at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School, committed to play college ball at Mount St. Joseph University. Less than two months later, after going to the hospital thinking she had a concussion, tests revealed she had Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a form of brain cancer.

“I remember thinking to myself, OK, what are they going to do?” Hill told The Jim Rome Show. “I expected them to have some kind of plan and that’s what I was waiting to hear because I just wanted to get back on the court. I wanted to keep playing that year. I didn’t want to stop.”

Hill shared her reaction when the doctors said the tumor was inoperable and the best case scenario was that she had two years to live.

“That was really hard to process,” said Hill. “It’s something that hits home. It really confuses you; it’s like having the rug being pulled out from underneath your feet.”

Hill continued to play her senior year, despite undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and set her sights on playing for The Mount this season. However, a follow-up MRI last month revealed that the tumor had grown even larger.

With the tumor progressing faster than expected, Mount St. Joseph’s received permission from the NCAA to move their originally scheduled game against Hiram College from Nov. 15 to Nov. 2. Additionally, the game has been moved to Xavier University’s Cintas Center to accommodate a larger crowd, something Hill is very excited about.

“I think it’s going to be a really, really big day,” said Hill. “I’m still shell-shocked at how far this story is getting because I never would have expected it to reach this many people. I’m speechless right now.”

Over the past year, Hill has decided to attack her situation and do as much as she can to help others who face the same fight.

“I know that this is a disease that mostly affects little kids,” said the 19-year-old. “I’m old enough to express my symptoms and talk to the doctors clearly about what’s happening to me and what’s going through my mind. Kids don’t have the words or the ability to articulate what’s happening to them. So I need to be the voice for little ones.”

Despite facing terminal cancer, Hill has truly embraced being a role model for others, while fighting for her life.

“I’ve always tried to be somebody to be looked up to,” said Hill. “[The response has] just gotten so big, I’m just really honored and grateful. I feel so blessed that this is all happening.”

  • Lauren Hill
  • Oct 17th 2014

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