First of all, I want everyone to know I have felt the prayers, support and love...never a doubt in my mind that MY family & friends would NOT be rallying like crazy for me. Secondly, I want everybody's spirit, mind and heart to rest easy knowing that I am doing well and in a place of STRENGTH and VICTORY.
Definitely at 37 years old getting the sudden news that I have Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer will shock you to the core! I go from slinging car seats, strollers and babies hanging off both arms to needing assistance to get in and out of the bed. Wow!! With all that I am sure no one would feel any less of me to feel sorry for myself or to dive into a hole. But... I am a grandchild of Sylvesta Austin and the son of Robert and Bettye Davis, a father to Zuri and Trey, a husband to Amy, a cousin and a nephew, a godson, and a friend to all of you and I can gurantee I dont plan on giving up, I am not sulking, I am just picking up the cross that has been laid upon us and continuing to fight.
My step may be slower...but its still one foot in front of the other...on this journey, one step at a time and "I Ain't No Ways Tired Yet"!!! I also have a theme song from Granny that always makes me smile when I think about her, just picturing her wearing her hat, cutting up at church... "When I think about Jesus What He 's done for me When I think about Jesus How He set me free, I could dance, dance Dance, dance all night" So I promise you, when I get on the other side of all of this, we are all gonna get together and dance all night to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with and to celebrate health and victory over this cancer!
Finally, I am going to challenge my family and friends to be advocates and educators for the health issues that relevant and important to you. Specifically for my case through our research we have learned that Multiple Myeloma is actually the most common form of blood cancer African Americans experience. I have provided some links for those that are interested in learning more about the cancer and how you can support research for improved treatments and ultimately finding a cure.
I love y'all to death and God gave me the family and friends I needed to be in this battle and to be a conqueror. #OJSTRONG The JOURNEY, The FIGHT, The VICTORY