Charles Lavacek

What do you do when you are given, at age 30, the diagnosis of brain cancer? You begin to live! You start doing art. You take a year off of work to stay home with your toddler-aged daughters. You look at your days differently and tolerate your dark nights with more patience. This is how Charlie Lavacek ( approached his diagnosis at age 30, and it took him quite far--now 20 years. But what do you do when that cancer returns three, four, five times? What do you do when your youngest wants to know why? And how? And when she wants to cry with you? You make her and you matching signs to hang by your beds. You make her this sign out of the same crayons you used when she was little, and you make this sign say, 'Good Things Are going to Happen' because if there is one thing living with the shadow of brain cancer has taught you, it is that Good Things DO happen-they happen more often than most of us ever notice. Charlie made these signs for his daughter and him to hang at eye level next to their beds so that they would be the first words each of them would see in the morning. 

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