Posted in Emotional Health, Relationships

Make it Count

I had the pleasure of going to visit my family this past weekend in Dallas.  My parents moved there a year ago and my brother his wife and their 3 year old have lived their for the past ten years.  I was great spending the weekend with family but of course around every corner there are unforeseen events that derail the train.

My uncle has been a hero battling melanoma for the past three years.  He hasn’t let his guard down for a moment as he searches for new treatments and experts to help him keep living the life he cherishes.  Unfortunately, we received news that my uncle was hospitalized because of blood clots in his lungs, not a good thing.

I’m not sharing this story for sympathy.  The family is currently in a waiting mode, but I know the outcome will be that he will die.  It shines a light on how brave all those facing a life-altering diagnosis have to be to keep in the game.  It takes determination, perseverance, and the ability to keep your physical and spiritual stamina so you have the reserves you need to keep fighting the fight.

It’s easy to get caught up in the bullshit of the day.  It’s convenient when we get distracted by stupid things that in the big picture have no bearing on the quality of our lives; they simply rob of us moments we have to make memories and share our life energy with others.  The derailment is often subtle, unlike the current news about my uncle.  It often seeps in and robs us of those precious moments we could be spending with friends and family.

We have to make it all count.  The struggles are part of the process.  It’s our job to keep them in perspective and not allow derailments to change the course of striving to continue the journey to keep us “Surviving Strong”.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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