I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve been busy living life which I know is what everyone wants for me.
I’ve taken a few trips for vacation and for Bradley playing basketball. We have bowling passes for the summer so we’ve been doing that as well as going to the Country Club pool most days.
I got back yesterday from a basketball camp that I worked in Georgetown. I left last Sunday and basically worked everyday from 8am to 10pm. I’ve done this camp for the last 5 years or so and many of the other workers are some of my closest friends. The guys in charge told me to work as much as I could but stop and rest at any point and they would cover me. It was 2 camps back to back, the first one went nice and smooth, while I was extremely tired each night but felt good. The second camp we had almost 300 campers, we were packed to the gils with kids. One of them was Bradley.
I got to Coach Bradley’s team which was special as well as fun. He did really well and I was a really proud dad the entire time when all of my buddies were impressed with his skill and especially his attitude and effort.
I have been in bed all day because I pushed myself as much as I could and overdid it a few times. I rested when could, was at the trainer often to help stretch me out, and made sure I stayed hydrated. Still my body broke down, my scapula has a big knot on it, my right quad is strained and my calf’s have charlie horses in them.
I say all that to tell you it was absolutely worth it.
Our last morning there I got up and spoke in front of the coaches things that I had been thinking about and writing down since I got there. This is what I had written down and what I said to them that morning.
“One year ago at this time, I was finishing up camp after a fun and exhausting week. At that time I was in the best shape of my life, and things were really going great and smooth in my life. In the 12 months since then, I have found out I had cancer, have had 4 ct scans, 2 pet scans, and 3 surgeries. I have gone through 12 chemotherapy treatments, many infections, several sleepless night and some very dark moments.
The darkest moment I had was on May 4th laying down in the tube for my pet scan. I sat there for 2 hours knowing that the results of that scan I was having could change my life. The fact that this result could lead to me not being able to coach next year if ever really had me in a dark place. The thought of never being able to coach again has probably been my biggest fear though out this
When deciding whether or not to come to work this camp, Kenny, Dean, Josh, Donny and Jamie all reassured me that I could do as much as I could and rest when I needed to. It really helped me make the decision to come. Even though I see some of you only 2 to 3 times a year, I know that if I needed it, many of you would drop what you’re doing and come help me out.
This leads my to my overall point.
I am a cancer survivor, it is a fraternity that I did not choose to be apart of, but I will be for the rest of my life, with that comes duties and responsibilities that I haven’t even begun to understand.
We are part of this coaching fraternity that we have chosen to join. This is a powerful group that can do many great things. This camp has been physically tough on all of us, but I have had sauce a great week because I’ve gotten to coach kids, that’s something I haven’t gotten to do much in the last 12 months. Moreover I’ve gotten to coach my son the last few days, and that’s something that was a possibility of never getting to happen again.
One of the main thing that helped get me through the bad times was all the lessons I’ve been taught playing and coaching sports as well as all the love and support I received from coaches, former and current players, and former coaches. I truly believe that basketball has helped save my life.
We have the best job in the world and I urge you to appreciate what we are apart of and challenge you to enhance our reach and influence throughout the state.”