Westfield (Mass.) High football player Carl King has a serious disease, but he doesn't want to be a victim. In fact, all he wants is to be another one of the guys on the Westfield football team, even though doctors tell the 15-year-old that he should be jaundiced, suffering from severe fatigue and experiencing intense itchiness of his skin.
As reported by MassLive.com, those side effects all come from King's sclerosing cholangitis, a liver disease that has only one known cure: a liver transplant. King is on a waiting list for that procedure, but while he continues to wait, the sophomore has refused to curb the things that he really loves, most significantly his participation in high school sports.
“I have to try to be optimistic,” King told MassLive's Ben Larsen. “It can get to me at times but all I can do is try and go with the flow.
“If I’m not optimistic, I won’t be happy.”Read More »from Sophomore inspires team by playing through severe liver disease