Inspirational Purdue super fan Tyler Trent: Here’s why I’m grateful this holiday season

Tyler Trent's story has inspired millions and generated even more for cancer research. The Purdue super fan and Carmel resident has been the subject of ESPN features, was an honorary team captain for the Boilermakers and received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor for Indiana civilians. Trent, who wrote for Purdue's school newspaper, The Exponent, has written this guest column for the USA TODAY Network. 

When I started to have trouble breathing and began convulsing in my wheelchair the morning of Sept. 25, I thought for sure my roommates would return to find a limp dead body in my wheelchair.

However, after about eight minutes, my body returned to normal. Which meant I would take my morphine to battle my daily back pain from the ever-growing tumor on my spine. Without the pain medication I was basically unable to function. So, after double-checking that I could breathe normally, I went to class.

This probably leads one to ask themselves: Why didn’t you tell anyone?

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