I've mentioned a buddy of mine on here many times. He is 29 and he is currently undergoing his 3rd round of chemo and radiation for a very rare
cancer that is bouncing all around his body. It started in an empty soft-tissue area, and was easily destroyed, but then it came back on a lymph
drain and a muscle tissue, chemo wiped it out again, now it is back on a kidney and an eye.
This particular buddy played Division 1 football, is a certified life coach, and has always lived life to its extreme fullest! I have seen him drink
3 shifts of people under the table starting at lunch time, sending that group home for naps, continuing through dinner sending that group home for
naps, and then partying in the clubs all night. Next morning, he is the first one up calling to invite everyone for breakfast!!
He rides Harleys, smokes cigars, and doesn't know how to say no to anything. I could write a novel on his life experiences in a short 29 years, from
partying with Ice-T and Trick Daddy, to chauffeuring Jerry Rice around town. From Mardi Gras to Monday Night Football. He was in the locker room
after the Auburn-Alabama game, and on the sideline at a Raven's playoff game. He can kick your ass at Halo, Madden, in the boxing ring, on the mat,
or watching Jeopardy!! He knows more about American History than anyone I know, even though he didn't get to the US until he was a teenager.
I could go on all day, but here is the dilemma............
I got a surprise call from Mirthful Me
this past week. He was coming through my town
and he wanted to meet for another beer on his World Tour.
I was up for it, the Heat
were playing, so I called my good time buddy. He said NO.
He couldn't go, because he had YOGA!!
Now, it took me a little while to catch my breath from the shock and laughter, but then I had a chance to reflect. My buddy hasn't been drinking any
beer lately. He told me that he had cut out all cigars. I realized he hasn't been eating anything at our recent barbecues. I entirely support his
disciplined approach to kicking his cancer this time around. Turns out he is doing everything humanly possible to make sure there is no recurrence
this time around. The same vigor he has always attacked life with, is now entirely devoted to attacking this cancer.
He is eating organically grown, non-GMO vegetables and often times he runs them through his recent juicer purchase. He is drinking pH altered water
to change his body chemistry to an alkaline one, and he is even using little test strips for his urine to make sure it is working. He has cut out all
red meat, and limits himself to less than 22oz of organic, hormone free fish and chicken per week.
He has lost about 25lbs, and he is looking great! Even while undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, he has been able to keep going to the gym,
but he has also added Yoga and deep-breathing exercises to supplement his weight training!
He has let a girl move in with him for the first time ever, and he is acting entirely domesticated and even........polite and thoughtful?
I am immensely proud of my buddy, and I want nothing more than to see him kick this challenge for good! I can get on board with just about anything,
and it looks like I will be going to Yoga this Thursday night! My next barbecue will feature all organic fish and chicken, no sausage, pork,
burgers, or beef. No cigars. We'll still have beer in the fridge, but its looking like ice-water will be good enough for me and him!!
My how things change, huh?
I am married with 2 kids and a wife and a career, but I just never saw things changing so quickly? It seems like overnight, we have gotten old? My
wife complains of some newly discovered wrinkles, my buddy is going to yoga and the organic market, and I am left scratching my head and reflecting on
Anyhow, I thought it was interesting enough to share with ATS, and I'm the type that just embraces whatever may come. I can roll with the tide, and
we'll make the best of it. Welcome to the next section of my life I suppose.