For those of you who haven’t heard…I was fortunate enough to survive an Embolic Stroke that affected the right temporal region of my brain on Monday. I am very lucky that I did not sustain more serious damage in many ways and wish to thank the many, many people who rallied to my side as I lay in both the Inland Hospital ICU and at Maine Medical Center over the past week. While, it was both a terrifying and humbling experience, I have to say that this near calamity completely affirmed the cushion of love and support that prevented the true devastation of my family, and may have actually saved my life as well. The neuro scientific achievements associated with brain injuries alone are amazing, say nothing of the skill and careness of the neuro critical care teams at these hospitals, to include the counselors and clergy, not the least of whom was Father Bob Vallencourt who assisted in my first confession and offered the blessed sacrament of annointing the sick to bolster my Faith in recovery as we prayed together. To the many nurses, CNAs and lab workers who passed as shadows in the the middle of the night “just a stick” through dozens of blood draws and vitals checks…I thank you for your compassion, humor and kindness. My many soldiers, Beta Brothers, family and friends also lifted the load from my shoulders and allowed the move to a new house, the boys’ first week at a new school and my transition to home possible….were it not for your love, I never could have come home to truly rest and recover as I have. It’s amazing that as hard as I hit when I fell, you lifted me from the muck an mire to stand again, and I will never forget, nor be able to repay you for picking me up both physically and spiritually. For you, I pledge to recover and run at 100% again with a focus on advocating the process marathon of stroke survival and rehabilitation from TBI for our soldiers. As always, I will do my best to set a good personal example of Resilience as a OneLife Warrior and lead the way in my own recovery as just another marathon in life that has no option for failure….for those who are counting on us, we must never, never, never quit. Climb that mountain until you get to the panoramic view at at the top and life will appear difference that much closer to god, I promise. Again, thank you to all and Keep running, OneLife Warriors…I’ll see you tomorrow!! I grately look forward to the Auburn Lakes Half Marathon in a few weeks as my first time speaking and running since this incident…I will continue to take is try slow and consult my doctors before I step out too far, too soon…
Spirit of the Warrior
The Warrior's path is arduous, fraught with dangers both obvious and hidden. But the Warrior does not walk this sacred path alone. All who love and value the Warrior share the burdens of his grueling journey. And by their steadfast loyalty, they are themselves true Warriors.
Resiliency is a learned character trait that enables every person to live richly and with a sense of purpose. Resiliency can be greatly enhanced through the mindful development of mental and physical toughness by making healthy choices, encouraging others and learning from our life experiences. Those who submit themselves to the OneLifeWarrior Health Awareness and Risk Reduction themes of personal responsibility and self determination can build an inner fortitude that will allow them to overcome even the greatest hardships in their lives