Lauren Hill inspired the nation last weekend when she fulfilled her dream of playing in the NCAA, shooting two layups during a sold-out game at Xavier University. She has an inoperable brain tumor and, doctors say, only months to live.
The bubbly college freshman on Thursday admitted that after receiving the terminal diagnosis last November, she often asked "why me?"
"We always question when we get diagnosed with cancer, a terminal diagnosis, 'Why me? Why my sister?' Or whoever," Hill said, speaking on The Glenn Beck Program. "And I remember when I was asking 'why,' I just decided that it doesn't matter why. It happened. And I guess I just accepted it as my journey."
Hill said that last January, she told God that she would use her remaining time to "speak for the little kids that couldn't speak."
"Not a lot of people know about DIPG, and the kids that are diagnosed with DIPG -- they tend to lose their voices and can't express their symptoms like I can," Hill said. "And so I decided that I'm not fighting for myself. I'm going to start fighting for others. And that's what makes it easier to keep moving on."
Beck asked Hill how she found out about the tumor, and the young woman said she was performing poorly athletically and experiencing a number of inexplicable pains. She asked to see an eye doctor and an ear doctor, before seeing who she described as a "doctor doctor."
"I expected it to be a concussion or something," Hill recalled. "I remember being shocked. My parents were really sick to their stomach. I remember I just started spewing out questions right away. ... 'What are we going to do to stop this tumor? How are we going to slow it down?' And then they say it's inoperable and there's nothing they can do about it. That's when it really hits you."
Hill said she felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath her feet, sending her "slamming against the ground, [leaving her] breathless."
When Beck asked Hill, whose face is now in a Wheaties box, whether she is at peace with how little time she has left, Hill smiled and responded: "I try not to think about it. I don't think too far ahead. It's just one day at a time. Just one moment. Just enjoying each moment with my family and whoever's with me."
Hill admitted that she worries about her family more than she worries about herself, but said they are "staying strong for me, like I'm staying strong for them."
When asked whether she knows what her life's purpose is, Hill said she thinks it is to be the voice for the children who can no longer speak, and hopefully raise money to help defeat DIPG and every other form of cancer.
"You have enriched my life," Beck said at the end of the interview, fighting back tears. "Thank you very much for being on. God bless."
Before she signed off, Lauren challenged Beck to the layup challenge. Watch the complete interview, and the results of the challenge, below.
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