Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 - Diagnosis Reflection

As the year comes to a close, I thought I would share this video as my last MKF Group Blog post of 2011. The video touches on my mAss kickin' journey since my diagnosis of a brain tumor in September of 2007 and how in the grand scheme of things I am changed for the better. The biggest change since my diagnosis was shifting my mindset from the underdog perspective to using what I have experienced and learned to help others - thinking bigger than just my individual diagnosis has made a world of difference in my perspective and attitude.

After re-herniating and rupturing discs in my lower back last fall and eventually having surgery to repair the damage in the spring, I expected 2011 to be a year dedicated strictly to recovery. However, my year of recovery turned into a year of discovery. Although I didn't even realize it at first, I spent my newfound free time away from sports and socializing reevaluating myself.

Key thoughts from 2011:

- You only get once chance to get things right; make this life one worth living

- Life is a class, make sure you put to use what you're learning (outside of the classroom)

- You can always turn a negative situation into a positive. Things can always be worse, much, much, worse

- Everything happens for a reason, even if that reason isn't apparent or doesn't become apparent until years down the road

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