The guy who thanked death

Today I had the esteemed honor of meeting and recording a guys who was diagnosed with lung cancer 5 and a half years ago.  One month after he married his wife we received the news.  From that moment he was given a couple of weeks to live, and he survived.  He then was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given 7-14 days to live.  They ended up operating and he is still alive.

The one thing that stood out for me when hearing his story and I believe it’s changed me since hearing it.  When the doctor told him he had 7-14 days to live, he sat up, smiled and thanked them.  He thanked them because he said, now i know I will have that much time to love my family as much as I need.

He then went on to talk about spending as much time as you can with the one you love and cherish every moment you have with them.  When they are gone, they become a memory.  Your arms ache to hold them, so why not hold them now when they are around.  This moved me.  It was all I could do not to cry listening to this at his dining room table today.

This man has looked death square in the face and smiled.  When you realize what you’d lose when that special person is gone, it makes loving them and being all to them a lot easier.  For some of us, it takes a major shock to our system to realize this, you just hope that when that time comes, it’s not too late.

For this reason, I’ve been truly inspired and I look forward to sharing his story with many others.

If you’d like to hear his whole story, here is the unedited version –


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