11/28 – Thanksgiving

So…I sat down this morning with my coffee reading through Twitter and every other tweet was a Happy Thanksgiving message.  I am thankful for this.  I am thankful for that.  We all have a lot to be thankful for.  Family – parents, spouses, kids…aunts, uncles, cousins.  Friends – whether they are from work, school or neighborhood.  And for me – the medical professionals that keep my Cancer at bay.  It never escapes me that I am grateful each and every day to be surrounded by greatness in all areas of my life.

I think that every Cancer patient goes through a thought process upon diagnosis that every day counts.  Be appreciative of everyone and everything – every single day.  The “stop and smell the roses” approach.  Then life happens.  I get caught up in work, in treatment, in family events, kids sports and it all starts slipping by again.  In the immortal words of Dennis Green – “YOU ARE WHO WE THOUGHT YOU WERE!”

It is easy to say – “I can be a better man – be a better person” but it is much harder to execute that every day.  Eventually we all revert back to being who we really are.  Real change is hard.  Its easy to say but tough to execute.  Yes I try to stop and smell the roses every day.  Yes I try to be a better husband, a better dad, a better son or brother, a better co-worker and a better friend every single day – but sometimes I just revert back to being the same asshole I was before Cancer happened.  I am who you thought I was.  It doesn’t mean, though, that I stop trying.  I do have a new appreciation for life after diagnosis.  I just sometimes forget about that appreciation when I get caught up in every day activity.  Its easy to talk the talk.  Not so much as to walk the walk.  Give me a break… I have Cancer for goodness sakes!

So here then is a list of things I am thankful for on Thanksgiving

The obvious…family, friends, community – I am grateful all day every day for all I am surrounded by.  My medical professionals – doctors, nurses and the staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital who make treatment not only tolerable but actually fun.  My co-workers – the most professional people in the industry.

The not so obvious…

My Clients – especially those (and you know who you are) who have gone out of their way for me.  Those who have expressed their friendship in ways I never thought possible.  I am so grateful to work with all of you.  

The Center for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine – I always feel better after seeing Ross.

Juice – Whether it is a bradstrong or a bradstrong 2.0, juice always makes me feel better.

Everyone That Has Come To Treatment With Me – When I have someone to keep me company it makes it more fun.

The St. John Cancer Trip Crew – Looking forward to a trip filled with recovery and love

My Twitter Crew – Without your support I never would have made it this far.

Putting Pants On Without Holding On To Something For Support – Its the little things …

Everyone Who Actually Reads the #bradstrong on the NFL Section – I am not that bad!  11-3 last week ATS.  Fade me at your own risk!

All Those Who Supported #bradstrong Golfs Against Cancer Last Year – Save the date – June 23, 2014 for the next one!  It will be bigger and better!

No Bone Pain – Last Thanksgiving I couldn’t even run.  We played football in my brother’s backyard and I was noticeably weak.  I can remember how angry Victor was that I couldn’t compete.  Today – I can compete.

Ahhh…What else can I say?  I am rambling but the point is I am genuinely thankful for so many things.  I try to approach every day as if it is my last – as I said I would do upon my diagnosis.  That part is tough.  The reversion to the mean comes into play.  I go back to who I was pre-Cancer sometimes.  And every year that I am fortunate enough to live I will get better at daily appreciation and thanks.  Thanksgiving – another milestone achieved.  Another year that I get to celebrate my all time favorite holiday.  I plan on celebrating many more Thanksgivings for years to come!





8 responses to “11/28 – Thanksgiving

  1. Sometimes you are unduly harsh in your self-judgment but if that catapults you into positive territory stay with it. Personally, I think you are doing terrific in light of the full plate of activities you engage in. Happy thanksgiving.

  2. Brad, you said it so well. Especially because I am not in treatment at the moment, it is easy to slip back to the “old me.” But then things happen that remind me to live in the moment and be a better person. Glad I am not the only one this happens to. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you, Brad, for keeping us all more grateful and actively engaged in our lives. I’m grateful for you… thank you for making this a meaningful journey for all of us… together.

  4. Thanks, Brad. And thanks for teaching us all about courage, dignity and character, and for honoring us to walk with you through your healing journey.

  5. Dear Brad, We plan to be there at your side (physically or spiritually) cheering you on. You can ramble all you like. Love, Uncle Herb and Aunt Roberta

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