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Michael’s Story

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Happy Holidays

Well, I guess it's been awhile since I updated Mike's page ...  Life sure has a way of getting away from you  =)

 As I sit back and reflect on this past year, it's been a year of heartache, sadness & blessings. Being diagnosed with cancer can be a life changing experience that will transform your perspective for the better. It's important to keep a positive attitude and know that determination is key. Before Mike was diagnosed, he often asked himself what he believed in. He never prayed a lot. He hoped and wished hard, but didn't pray. He felt that he had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some sincere beliefs. Quite simply, he believed he had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If he did that, if he was good to his family, true to his friends, if he gave back to his community or to some cause, if he wasn't a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then he believed that should be enough. Something changed within Mike after he was diagnosed, he needed the spirituality in his life, he needed the church, the church family, our wonderful pastors. He found that within our church of which we became members of last summer. We couldn't ask for a more giving, kind & loving church family and pastors than we have now. Mike prays, in fact he prays a lot. There is no way we could walk this journey without our Faith. Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming heartache and sadness, every single day and it will consume every bit of you.

Nothing really new has changed with Mike - he continues the fight every day. His days have pretty much been the same for many months. Most of his days start out ok and turn into him being very tired and weak. If we are out and about and he gets a weak spell, he is really good about saying it's time to go, at the point he just needs to lay down for awhile (up to 5 hours) I have said this before but if one were to look at him, you would never know that he has cancer. He looks fine on the outside but on the inside he is fighting with all of his might to beat this.

We decided to head to Florida for the winter - we have been here a little over a month. It is so incredibly rejuvenating and relaxing. We miss our family, friends & church so much though. We did decide that if we do this again next winter, we will not leave until after the Holidays.

Whenever you face a challenge, It's so important to understand you are never alone, I would like to say THANK  YOU to all our family & friends who continue to walk with us on this journey. We are so very blessed to have you all in our life. Wishing you a blessed holiday season

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Love & Hugs