Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Couple of Things to Remember

The year isn't half over and I already know I will not be looking back fondly on 2015. It's been a year I'd rather soon forget. Unfortunately, that will not be an option.

My wife has Stage IIa breast cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy treatment; my dad is dying from two cancers, one of which is so rare it doesn't even have a name; and my mom has some horrible skin disease that is so rare only a few hundred people (maybe a few thousand) have it in the entire world. All of that on top of dealing with, for the past several years, my autistic son who has a seizure disorder that no drugs have been able to control.

But I'm not here for self-pity or to ask for your sympathy.

I'm here to say that everyone, yes, every single one of us, has problems. We all have issues we'd rather not deal with or can't believe are happening to us or that beat us down with worry and grief.

Maybe it's what makes us human.

So remember that the person next to you in line at the grocery store, or the person that cut you off in traffic, or the person that gave you a hug and let you cry on their shoulder, well, they have problems, too.

Maybe, even bigger problems than yours.

So we should we respect each other for the things we don't know about one another. After all, with a few exceptions throughout the world, most of us are just doing the best we can to make our way through life.

And sometimes, life sucks.

But not always.

Remember that: Not always.


  1. Well said. My mom had a heart attack yesterday and she is going to be ok and I walked in the Relat for Life last night for ur wife and my family member. As I walked around in a circle with these strangers it made me wonder "why r they here?" "what are they going through." The experience made me realize how grateful I am even as I go through my own struggles. I'm not in this alone. Even though u r going through a difficult time, remember u r an inspiration as a father, a son, a husband and a teacher!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Sorry to hear about your mom but I'm glad she's going to be ok. Thanks for walking in the Relay for Life. Yep, everyone walking has been affected in some way They all have stories to tell.