Today I found out a very close family friend has cancer. A malignant brain tumor the size of a small orange. The type of cancer that my Grandpa Miller had. The six-letter word that has impacted way too many loved ones in my life. Cancer…again.
This guy is one of the nicest, smartest and hardworking people I know. His wife and son are two of the kindest people I have ever met. Together the three of them have been a huge support system to my own family throughout the years. Their family has opened their hearts to so many people and made a difference in the lives of many. From the soccer field to family vacations, this family celebrates life, appreciation and love on a daily basis. When my father called with the news, everything stopped.
Since this morning I’ve tried to hit play again, but can’t. I reached out to a few family members and friends, tried distracting myself with work, went for a run, prayed and read. I’m sitting here writing my story because writing is often my therapy. But nothing seems to help. I can’t figure out why people say everything happens for a reason and then horrible things happen to amazing people. There is no answer.
I know he will beat this. I will run for him this year. I will raise money for a brain cancer cure. I will not stop until days like this are gone. But for today and probably tomorrow, I ask…how do you hit play when everything seems to stop? What clears your mind? What revives your Faith? Yes, I’m crowdsourcing some guidance.