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My Parents

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Everyone can say that their parents gave them life, not everyone has parents like mine who truly did give me my life not only making my birth possible but giving me the life skills thereafter to live life with full independence while having Cerebral Palsy.

I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the devotion they have shown me everyday since November 7, 1982 when I made my early appearance in the world.

Over the years we have had our share of disagreements, trials and tribulations but my parents have always been there whenever I’ve needed them.

In 2006 I learned my father had cancer in stage 4 and by the time it had been diagnosed they said he had three months, he made it 18 months before passing away January 2, 2008. Though in that time there were good days and bad, I was reminded everyday of how great my parents are…my Dad stood by me through my battle at birth, I was right by his side for 18 months, and I believe we won his battle, we couldn’t keep his physical presence but he went out in peace and on his terms, at home surrounded by his loving wife and three sons.

I made a promise to my father that I would take care of my Mom ever since that day in 2008 I’ve done the very best within my power to do so…there have been good days and bad, I’ve been far from perfect but over the course of years since my father has passed my Mom and I have grown closer & without question I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mom recently diagnosed with her own form of cancer two days ago, this an early stage operable form for that I’m grateful, nothing is a certainty but I promise this to my Mom just as I was with Dad, “I will be right there with you, & we will beat this together.”

Part of me selfishly wonders why again? If it has to be why not me?

I wish I could go back in time to take this all away, I wish there was no cancer in this world. I don’t have magical powers, but what I do have is the greatest Mom anybody could ever ask for. In recent days I’ve also been reminded that I have an awesome extended family, & incredible friends.

My parents battled with me, now I battle with them again, nowhere else I’d rather be πŸ™‚



Written by Brandon

August 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Family

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  1. I love you B!! And you’re right your parents raised you to be the strong tough and courageous man that you are… please tell your mom and remind yourself… that while you stand beside her and beat this together we all (your friends and family) stand behind you and beside you in prayer, encouragement, support and love… God is bigger than all of this!! -Shauna


    August 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • I don’t understand, I never have and never will. Even in the darkest moments of my life you are always there reminding me that I’m not alone.

      I understand and know you are right, I don’t understand why I’ve been blessed with a friend as great as you πŸ™‚

      Everything in life, the good and the bad happens for a reason. Being “disabled”, or any physical illness (or friendships πŸ™‚ ) included, the reasons don’t always show right away but they are there, I’m often stubborn but also very resilient. It is this resiliency along with my family, friends and the loving hand of God that will guide the days ahead without question.

      As hard as this is to face again, it is certainly easier being surrounded by people who love you. I thank you for your words, friendship and love – B


      August 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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