The Gift


I’ve mentioned before how surprising it has been to find myself feeling blessed and fortunate for going through an experience like I am. But there’s no denying that it’s true. And yesterday was just another example of this. I received a gift yesterday that is, without question, the most moving and touching gift that I have ever received. And it’s a gift I would not have been given were it not for my tumor.

Over the last couple of months, my family and friends Derek Briggs and Gina Winkler have collaborated on what you see in the picture attached to this post. They took the MRI scan from when I was diagnosed and turned it into a version filled with words provided by Julie and the kids. The words are a mix of memories of our life together and spiritual/inspirational passages. It’s the things they want me thinking about while I undergo my radiation and chemo treatments. This took a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together and there’s no way I can really ever thank them enough.

There are several things about this that I love:

  • The people who created this are among the most precious to me. It’s an expression of love that only reinforces how I feel about them.
  • Every one of us will go through struggles in life. And yet, personal growth comes from understanding how you can take those challenges and find the good in them. I can think of no better expressiong of turning a negative into a positive than this artwork.
  • It’s reminded me of things I had not thought of in a long time. In the hustle and bustle of the day to day, it’s so easy to get distracted away from what really matters. These words help remind me to be aware of the long arc of life and how wonderful that gift of life is.

So once again, thank you tremendously Julie, Matthew, Cassady, Derek and Gina. I’ll never be able to say thank you enough, but I hope I can return the love you’ve shown me and live up to this most amazing of gifts.

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