Porter was found to be cancer free in July 2009, but he experienced other issues as a result of his treatment, including avascular necrosis—death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply—in his hip. It required an unconventional hip replacement at 18 years old, but allowed him to boat and waterski again—two of his favorite pastimes. He also had corrective surgery on his eye, as the tumor put pressure on his right eye muscle leading to double vision and a “lazy eye.”
However, throughout it all, he kept his goal of becoming a radiation therapist in mind, and after graduating high school in 2011, he worked toward his associate’s degree in radiation therapy at Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington. He also earned an advanced proton therapy specialist certificate.
“While I was earning my degree, the IU Health Proton Therapy Center shut down, and I was a bit discouraged, because it was my dream job, but little did I know that the UC Health Proton Therapy Center would be opening in 2016,” he says. “It was all part of a plan.”
And when Porter graduated in 2016, the proton center in Cincinnati was looking for new and eager radiation therapists.
He’s been working at the facility since it opened, and sees purpose in every day and in every patient with whom he interacts.