AUBURN, Ala. (WBRC) – An Auburn cheerleader faced the fight of her life before her senior year: she was diagnosed with cancer.
Meet Auburn’s cheerleader, Cameron Monistere.
“My name is Cameron Monistere. I am attending Auburn University. This year I will be graduating in May 2023. My major is Hospitality Management with a major in Culinary Science and a minor in Business.
Being a senior in college has its constraints, but the roar of an Auburn game has always been Cameron’s escape.
“Cheerleading was always my escape in college,” Cameron said.
Between working as a private chef and clapping, Cameron realized he had a swollen lymph node, so he went to get tested.
“On June 26, I received a phone call from UAB saying I had been referred to them before I heard anything from anyone else,” Cameron said.
Moments later, Cameron was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“So for about five seconds, I was the most scared of my entire life,” Cameron said.
But at the sixth second, something changed.
“And it was more like determination, drive, how can I beat that. I’m just going to add it to my schedule and we’ll figure it out from there.
He fit doctor’s appointments at UAB into his already busy schedule, never missing a practice or game.
“Every Tuesday I drove to Birmingham, had my treatment. As soon as I’m done with this, I’ll drive back.
Less than six months later, Cameron is now cured of cancer, a feeling he describes as a breath of fresh air. Now he uses his experience to encourage others with busy lives to always take care of themselves first.
“I didn’t really have time to think about what was happening to me. And I think that’s the case with a lot of men in college and women too, is that they do so much of things that they don’t take the time to take care of themselves physically and mentally.
Cameron now knows if he can cheer on Auburn, continue cooking as a private chef, work to graduate and beat cancer, he can do it all.
“I thought to myself if I could get through these next few years, or however long; I didn’t know how long it was going to take if I could get through this, life wasn’t going to be easy, but I will say I could get through it with confidence knowing it will be okay,” Cameron said.
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