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Petey, Papi, Panda, and Posey

Petey, Papi, Panda, and Posey
What the heck does all of this mean? It’s about teaching your kids about what you love and sharing the joy of the experience together. In my case, I’ve been teaching and sharing my love of baseball with Charlotte. We are having so much fun with it. We have picked our favorite teams, the Giants and the Red Sox, and we have picked our favorite players: Petey (Dustin Pedroia), Papi (David Ortiz), Panda (Pablo Sandoval) and Posey (Buster Posey).  We have their baseball cards. We high five them each morning, and wish them luck. We have decided we hate the Yankees, and we don’t allow any mention of...
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Let’s roll…

Let’s roll…
The famous words of Todd Beamer, the Flight 93 hero, resonate with me at this moment in time. I’m ready to roll on a lot of fronts. First of all, I’m feeling much better after two weeks of R and R, and the TLC of my amazing caregivers (Jennie and Grams). Words cannot even express what I receive; the term “angels of mercy” comes close. Once again, my family has lifted me up from the canvas. I am almost off of the oxygen, which is so very important to me and my overall attitude and psyche. I hate it. It makes me feel weak (which is stubborn and stupid, I know) but it is what it is to me. I’m...
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You’re the Inspiration…

You’re the Inspiration…
It’s a cheesy Chicago song written in 1984, but it encompasses my feelings for my inspiration, my wife Jennie. Take a moment to listen to the song in the video at the bottom of this post and you’ll see what I mean. Jennie is my wife, my life, and my inspiration. How can I begin to tell you about Jennie? She fills my whole expanse, she saved me from a life of loneliness, she brought purpose to my life, she drives me to be a better person, a better man, and a better father. She has made me want to live, what more of a gift can you give to another person? What makes me so sad is that it took us...
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Still Alive and Kicking…

Still Alive and Kicking…
This last month has been a time of transitions. Some good, some not so good. Let’s start with the good, as I will ALWAYS be the optimist. The week after Valentine’s Day was Winter Break/Presidents Week/Teachers Need a Week off at The Bush School. So we decided to take full advantage and headed down to San Diego for 3 nights. We had a great time. We bunkered down in the northern part of San Diego in Carlsbad. From 1994-1999, I actually lived in San Diego, in fact, I lived close to Carlsbad, and I was really excited to show the girls my old stomping grounds. We were only going to be there 3 days so...
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My friend Kate…(1966-2013)

My friend Kate…(1966-2013)
I knew this day would come. When you join the cancer fraternity, your fellow bro’s and sis’s are not people that you did upside down margarita shots with at some party, they are people like you that are suffering from cancer. But like a fraternity bro or sorority sister, you can also develop deep life long relationships. I was blessed to have one of those with my dear friend Kate Burke. However, unlike your typical college relationships, or any friendship for that matter, these “cancer” relationships more than likely will end too soon. Such was the case yesterday when...
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One door closes…

One door closes…
Take this, butthead, scram!! And another one opens up. My scan results were not what we were hoping for. We were wanting the scan to just show continued stability, a little bit of small growth here and there, nothing out of the norm, so to speak. Unfortunately that was not the result we got. A tumor has grown to about 5 cm’s from around 3 cm’s in October in my chest wall. Other tumors that were also there in October have grown too, but nothing as dramatic as this one. (how about we call it butthead?). Most of the other smaller tumors are located within the lung, not the chest...
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