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Merry Christmas Mom & Dad

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I haven’t written in a long time, a lot has transpired in my life since my last post. Going forward into next year I plan to be much more active on my page, I’ve been told I express myself well with written words.

Today I honor my parents

Dearest Mom and Dad,

Today is Christmas Eve the house is quiet but your memories respectively are speaking loudly in my heart. This is the first Christmas in 30 years I have neither one of you physically with me to celebrate, to say it feels normal would be a lie, but to say I’m not smiling would also be…

I smile because I know you are now together celebrating in heaven free of the cancer that took each of you from us far too soon. I smile because I think today about how Christmas Eve was always gift exchange day for us, and how we used to laugh because Mom wrapped all the gifts even her own 🙂 Yeah Dad we had wrapping skills didn’t we?

I smile because I think of how we always had “Christmas Milk” my name for egg nog.

I smile because I think of the year when I asked “why does Santa’s handwriting look like Mom’s?”

I smile because I think of the year when you both flipped me out of bed and in my pajamas made me go outside to see my first car with a big red bow on it.

I selfishly wish you were both here so that these next days feel like the Christmas I know, but there are no tears. I smile because each of these memories and they are just a few of hundreds are concrete things I can hold onto in remembrance of you, the greatest parents I could have ever asked for that make it feel a little more like Christmas should, no cancer can ever take that from me 🙂

As the years progress Christmas will make new memories but I promise yours will never be lost. I love you both with all my heart, I know this year I have two special angels in heaven.


Always and Forever,





Written by Brandon

December 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Family

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 🙂


Written by Brandon

August 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Family

First Post…For a First Class Man

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As an open to my blog, I pay homage to the man that taught me everything I know in life. My Dad, a man who was not only my father but my best friend, a man who along with the greatest mother in the world, showed me that being disabled is only a hinderance if I choose to let it be…a man for without whom I would not be here today.

My Dad was a quiet man, all the technology of today was not for him. Except for satellite television and the remote control to make it work. Not for lack of operational skill but more so because he enjoyed the simple things in life.

Sort of ironic that I’m blogging from an iPAD…..

My father was a very quiet, humble man never a fan of photo’s but this is one I carry with me on my iPhone as it’s wallpaper…I can think of no better image to start my blog.

Love You Dad


Written by Brandon

July 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Posted in Family