ELIZABETHTOWN - Just like every other student, Brock Marvin got up, got ready and headed off to school last Monday, Feb. 7.
But he's not like every other student.
Marvin, 17, entered the doorway at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School for the ﬁrst time since undergoing heart transplant surgery on Dec. 11.
"It's pretty much back to the routine," Marvin said. "It was nice to have some structure back in my life as far as going to school, doing chores. That was important to me. I wanted to get back to everyday life with a good functioning heart."
Marvin recently returned home from the Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., where he spent the past two-plus months recuperating from the surgery that was needed in order to save his life.
Marvin attended school the for three days last week before going back to Boston for some welcomed testing and results.
"I had a biopsy last week and it was all good results," Marvin said. "The heart's pumping capacity is above that of most people."
Because of that, Marvin, a standout on the soccer pitch and who also played basketball and baseball for the Lions, said that he will be cleared medically for athletics Feb. 28.
"I'll be able to get back into physical education, gym, all that good stuff," he said.
While in Boston, Marvin was able to keep in touch with his family, friends and peers back home through social networking and Skype video conferencing.
"It was great with the technology that we have with Skype and all of that to keep in touch," Marvin said. "On Christmas, I got to see all of my family."
Marvin said that while he had some of his closest friends visit him while he was undergoing his rehabilitation, he was glad to be able to see everyone in his hometown again.
"They have all really helped me to get back to the grind," Marvin said. "It was nice to see everyone again."
Marvin said that he has been enjoying doing things like being in class and going to activities, including basketball games, where the boys varsity team asked him to talk to them about heart.
"What a lot of people don't understand is that heart has a lot of different meaning to a lot of different people," he said. "When they asked me to talk to them, I said that when you are lying on you death bed, basically, in the hospital and you have no idea what is about to happen to you, that is what develops heart."
Overall, Marvin said that he has been grateful to be back doing what a normal high school student gets to do - that was, until Valentine's Day.
"My physics teacher really piled on the work today, so I sat there thinking, this is a great day," he joked.