I’m late for work now because I just wrote the below post, but I wanted to share this story with you guys. As you know, I never do this sort of thing. I always thought it felt sort of “spammy”. But I’m taking a short break from posting pictures of double monks and double breasted suits and eames chairs to share this.
Cheers, Brennan (The Pursuit Aesthetic)
When I was hanging out with my best friend, Reid, as a kid, we would sometimes head over to his neighbor’s house to see if the two kids that lived there, Marc and Will, were interested in a game of hoops. If only one of the brothers was interested, then a friendly game of 21. And this is how I came to know Marc and Will. Years later, we all went to high school together. They were older than me and Reid so we rarely (if ever) interacted with or spoke to them but even years after that, post-undergrad, I found Will on Facebook and decided to friend him and say Hello. And this is how I came to know of Will’s wife and partner in life, Gloria, a self-proclaimed “cancer warrior” and the world’s number one Duke basketball fan. Several years ago, Gloria was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I’ve never actually reached out to Gloria (not yet, at least), but I follow her blog religiously. I don’t think I’ve ever been so inspired in my life. In fact, I know I haven’t been. She does so much more than most of us can imagine doing ourselves, all the while, battling cancer. I mean, how many people do you know need to fly around the country to pick up awards for their legal work and their very own foundation whilst fighting cancer?! Just recently, Gloria finished her 29th round of chemo. Here’s what she said on her blog shortly thereafter: “Wow. These cancer-killing adventures of mine sure have taken me to some incredible places and connected me with some amazing people. I usually don’t have to pat myself on the back because everybody else is busy doing it, but I am proud of myself. To take a dire diagnosis like mine and to turn it into so much good is deeply gratifying. I am truly blessed and I am very, very grateful. And I’m making a difference. Seriously, how lucky could I be?”.
How “lucky” would you feel? If you want a serious dose of inspiration topped off with a dash of awesome, visit Gloria’s blog here, follow her on Facebook here or Twitter here. Again, I don’t usually do this (never, in fact), but I wanted to share her story. I hope you share it too, especially with the cancer warriors in your lives!