3/4/14 – Friendship

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. – Paramahansa Yogananda


Spending some time on St. John this week with three other couples. We had a pact. New Years Day 2013, one month after my diagnosis, we made a pact to go away together after I was in remission.

Remission came and went. Other obstacles presented themselves among our group. BUT – we are here.

It has been a few days of eating, drinking, eating, yoga, drinking, hiking, eating … and oh yeah … eating. And it has been spent with three of the most wonderful couples in the world.

Yesterday we went for a hike.


Three miles downhill to Reef Bay Beach.


Then we hiked back up. Three miles UP THE MOUNTAIN. 55 days post stem cell transplant. Three miles. UPHILL.

I mentioned other obstacles got in the way of our group. This is our friend Hillary and I after the hike.


Shortly after I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, Hillary was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hillary just finished her last round of chemo. She is a survivor … and a thriver.

I was moved to tears yesterday not only at what Hillary and I were able to accomplish individually so soon after treatments but that we were able to accomplish it TOGETHER – with our friends at our sides.

There are so many amazing stories about amazing people that are surviving, thriving and achieving. I (we) are one of many.


Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus

7 responses to “3/4/14 – Friendship

  1. Dear Brad, We are walking beside you. Being friends as well as relatives is the best. Keep hiking.

    Love, Uncle Herb and Aunt Roberta

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