Sunday, January 12, 2014
Ten years ago today, my father took his last breath. It is not a day I celebrate but one I certainly will always remember. It was 164 days after Isabella passed away. It was 6 days before my parents would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and it was 291 days before my Dad would have welcomed Jaden into this world. Cancer won on this day but its move triggered a war that I will continue to participate in until a cure is found. If cancer could do it all over again, it might pick a different family. I do not think cancer knew what I was capable of. Truth be told, I did not know what I was capable of until loss knocked on my door a few times. I miss my Dad terribly. I think about him daily but I do think my being a part of the #beatcancer warriors was meant to be. We never know why things happen in our lives. We never understand at that moment in time why hardship and pain can enter our lives. I would trade just about anything to have more time with my father. I would have loved to sit screaming at the television this past Monday as Florida State pulled an enormous come from behind victory………my memories with my father are full of FSU football games (it is also where I learned the fine art of using foul language J). That is not the case, though. In his place are many of you reading this post. Most of my connections on Facebook and Twitter are a result of my Dad’s fight with cancer. So many of you stood by my side, one way or another, in the fight against cancer and I am so grateful to all of you. Thank you for helping me to fill a huge void. Thank you for being my friends. Thank you for helping me honor the promises I made to my father and Isabella and my wife when cancer decided to knock on her door a few times. Cheers to a cancer free world. It is going to happen.