Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Glass Half Full

All of us here at Punch Gym LOVE Alwyn Cosgrove. Here is a little reminder about being thankful everyday. Have a great day!

Three years ago this past weekend…

This weekend I was in Chicago with the Perform Better team. Saturday was June 13th.

At 10am on the 13th, three years ago I was hooked up to IV bags, a ventilator and with tubes (connected to my heart) hanging out of my chest.

I was on the tenth floor of the UCLA medical center having just finished my last week of intensive chemotherapy that brought my blood count close to zero.

At 10am the medical team performed a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.

They call it “Day Zero” – the day you are literally “reborn” from a cellular level. They call it your “re-birth” day — and even give you a cake.

Saturday was “Day 1097″ — my “rebirthday”. My reborn cells have turned three years old.

It’s been quite a few years. I was back exercising about a month after the transplant (I was discharged one week after the transplant which at the time was the fastest recovery in UCLA history).

Until this year I still had a hard time with energy levels — and the struggle back to fitness has been challenging most of the time. I’m not complaining though, it is an enormous privilege to be able to even exercise at all after my diagnosis. It can get depressing at times, but only for a second — as the alternative is much worse :)

As Lance Armstrong says:

“I take nothing for granted now. I only have good days and great days”

I can relate completely. For me, the glass will always be half full from now on.

Thank you all for joining me on my journey over the last three years. It had it’s ups and downs and it has been both challenging and grueling at times.

Two years ago I launched www.liftSTRONG.com.

To date we have raised over $150K for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thanks for your support but we need to raise more! Make sure your friends know about the site.

Thanks again. And thanks to all my friends at Perform Better who hung out with me on Sat.
This weekend was a special day for me.


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