7/4/14 – Birthday

I haven’t been able to post in awhile – which is a GOOD thing. It means things are going well and that I am busy.

I have three blogs to write this week so those of you who follow will have plenty to read. I need to write about the golf outing still. I haven’t had much time to decompress yet. I also want to write about the experience of Victor’s baseball tournament in Cooperstown. I wrote about dreams a few weeks back and watching those 13 boys live a dream was absolutely magical.

But today is a special day. Today is a milestone. Today I turn 47 years young. I never thought birthdays were a big deal. Mine happens to fall on a national holiday so sometimes it gets lost in the overall celebration of the USA. I never minded. In the past 12 years since Victor was born and subsequently Ava was born, life was all about the kids. I didn’t want to fuss over my birthday. I just wanted to spend it with them. I wanted to spend it with Helene. And that is what we do every year. We hang out back by the pool. Friends and family come over. We BBQ, we swim and we enjoy each other.

This year is a little different. This year it is raining. Hurricane Arthur will force me to chart a new course for birthday 47 and that’s fine. Life doesn’t always go as planned – as we found out all too well in December of 2012.

I will spend my 47th birthday chasing dreams. I woke up and hit the gym with Lori the trainer at 6:00 AM – chasing the dream of beating Cancer through better health. Chasing the dream of not gaining 20 pounds in this current round of chemo. I then came home to the birthday cards and gifts from Helene and Victor (Ava is at camp) which will help me chase the dream. A gift card to the new sporting goods store in town and a watch that counts how many calories I burn during the day and during the workouts.

I then will probably find somewhere to have breakfast out. Those who know me well know how much I love to eat breakfast. I can eat an omelet three meals a day. I love me an omelet. I may even step up for some corn beef hash with a candle in it as well.

I just finished an article for faketeams.com. That is the fantasy football website I have been writing for in my (not so) spare time. Chasing dreams. Hopefully this one will give me something to talk about in my next radio gig. Chasing dreams. If you really want to help my “career” give a comment in the comment section.


I will end the day just as I have every other birthday since the kids were born. Dinner out with family.

To paraphrase the line from When Harry Met Sally – “when you know what you want to do for the rest of your life you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” That’s where I am at. I am really in a good place – Cancer or no Cancer. I am tolerating this cycle well. I am thriving at work. I am in the best physical shape I can ever remember being in (well, except for that Cancer stuff) and I am chasing my dream of writing and broadcasting. I have a family that loves and supports me that I love back with everything I have. What could be bad about that?

I tweeted out a picture of Victor and I from Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame the other day with the caption: Cancer may take lives, but it can never take moments. I live for the moments. I live for the milestones. I don’t count the years down – I count ’em up! The nurse at Mount Sinai asked me yesterday what my favorite birthday was. I answered: “The NEXT one!”


14 responses to “7/4/14 – Birthday

  1. Hi Brad,

    I want to add my birthday wishes along with all the others you will be receiving…..A happy, loving 47th Birthday to you and looking forward to wishing you a happy 48th next year. Live and love every moment!

    Love and miss you guys,

    Cousin Ruth

  2. Happy Birthday! Glad I found your blog as I enter the crazy world of Myeloma….your positive take is inspiring.

  3. Brad, you are a true inspiration to all of us. Your positive attitude and great outlook on life is a lesson for all of us. Your friend, Michael Winter

  4. Happy birthday Brad! We hope the hurricane doesn’t get in the way of your breakfast plans!

    With love
    The Bethesda Blocks

  5. Happy birthday Brad, love to you and your family. Great picture of you and victor with the Kid at the hall. Love the Pollacks.

    Sent from my iPad

  6. Hi Brad,
    I feel as though I know you. Every bird flying past my window chirps a little something about how great you are!
    You’re my hero too!
    Happy Every Day! (since it’s past your Birthday)
    Much Love to you,
    Charlotte and Harvey Seigerman
    (Florida, PGA)

  7. A one day late birthday wish from Matt’s mom. Sounds like you know how to celebrate it.

  8. Dear Brad, We didn’t miss your birthday – we thought about you all day. We just didn’t get the thoughts and actions put together. But here we are to wish you a belated Happy Birthday with all good wishes and dreams. We will be in touch for this momentous event very soon.

    Sounds like it was lots of fun. Keep the thought: the best birthday is my next one.

    Love and hugs, Uncle Herb and Aunt Roberta

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