FC: Life is Short, Enjoy the Ride!
1: I asked my best friend to marry me shortly after graduating from college.
2: Not long after that, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma (thyroid cancer) during a physical for a teaching job. This was the aftermath of my first surgery. About a month later, I had a second surgery to remove some of the cancer that was missed the first time.
3: After some recovery and an iodine radiation treatment, it was time to get married! Let me tell you that it was one emotional day. The reception was also an absolute blast!
4: In good spirits, I had another surgery to remove some cancer that returned and a month later I had ACL reconstruction surgery on my knee.
5: On the ride home from my knee surgery, my wife received a call that her little brother (Dustin) had been diagnosed with leukemia. He was in remission within 1 month and is now on a maintenance plan for a number of years before he will be considered cured.
6: In the up coming months, my wife and I chose to get a dog. We named him Yogi since he looked like a small bear. Yogi is part black lab and part St. Bernard. He looks like a lab with a St. Bernard head (including the jowls and the drool!!!)
7: As you can see, Yogi thinks he is a lap dog. To give you an idea of just how big of a dog he is, I am 6'0" and 180 lbs. My poor wife can barely coral him!
8: Shortly after getting Yogi, I started to train for the Tough Mudder in Virginia. Not only did training go well, but we (some of my friends and family) completed the challenge. As you can see by my orange shirt, I am crossing the finish line.
9: Unknowingly, by running that race I inspired a group of Dustin's family and friends to run another Tough Mudder event in Dustin's honor. The team will be wearing the t-shirt above and will being running in September, 2012.
10: As you can see, we are not promised tomorrow.You never know when something will end. I encourage you to live life to the fullest and to take risks. You will never know if you'll get another chance. However, if you do take those risks, I guarantee that you will enjoy the ride!