This is a reoccurring thought I've had for much of my life. Why was I born into an incredible, Catholic family? Why am I so lucky to have three older brothers as great role models? Why was I so blessed to get a younger sister when I was 13? Why was I the one who got to attend Gonzaga, where I became a Zag cheerleader and found my educational path to the best occupation in the world? Why was I the one to get a job in a phenomenal school district that has supported my career growth over the years? Why was I so lucky to find the world's best wife, and then who would help give me three incredible, beautiful children? For so much of my life I have felt abundantly fortunate. And even still so, in spite of getting the news on January 31 that I had lymphoma, I still remain thankful. If this is God's will, then so be it. I will accept the abundant Grace that is being offered to me.
There will be many challenges ahead for me, my family, and those that love me. We will take on those challenges one day at a time. Jesus did not come into the world so that we would not suffer; He came into the world and showed us how to suffer and how a greater good is created from that suffering if we accept the Grace. I do not fear my trials ahead, God is with me. And despite my greatest worry of having less time and energy for my family, my work, and my speaking, I am certain I will feel the great strength of those supporting me, lifting me up in prayer. I will offer up these worries, and my future sufferings both physically and emotionally, asking our Lord to not only heal me of cancer, but to also provide calm and fortitude of spirit for those whom I love and who will be helping me through this time of healing.
If you wish to help, if you wish to contribute, I ask that you first and foremost pray for me and for my family. The strength and power of your prayers are so much stronger and go further than you will ever know.