Matt has given me the honor of guest writing this month’s Matt’s Memos. If you have been reading his Memos you probably know my name. Matt has been sending his letters to all of my clients as well as his while I spent the last year battling cancer. I had multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. It was the fight of a lifetime and I almost lost. However, I had a bone marrow transplant at Stanford last September and I am now cancer free. The recovery from a bone marrow transplant has been rough but I am mostly back at work now.
It was the experience of a lifetime. My family and I had amazing support from our community. That includes family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and my clients. The support we received came in the form of many person-hours doing everything from preparing meals, babysitting, driving back and forth to Stanford, dental work, construction work, housecleaning, nursing, doctoring, financial planning, and most of all, prayer and good wishes. My gratitude for this support is something that I have trouble expressing in a meaningful way. The fact is that I can never repay all of the good karma sent my way, but I want to acknowledge it here. Thank you!!
Probably the biggest support I received was from Matt. He worked double time to take care of my job duties and my clients while I was gone. He also asked nothing in return for this. Anyone that knows Matt knows he is a good guy, I am here to say that he is the kind of guy that would make huge sacrifices to take care of a friend.
It is said that every dark cloud has a silver lining. For me, the silver is in discovering just how powerful a community of people from many different walks of life can rally to a cause and make a big difference. That is a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It gives me hope that through all of the craziness of today’s world, that the goodness in all of us will prevail over the challenges.
Philosophizing aside, I am now back at work and ready to face the next stage of my life; living life as a cancer survivor. My experience has made me appreciate everything I have even more. Furthermore, I’ve made a commitment to Matt to help him take care of his clients whenever he has the need. As a result you may be speaking with me from time to time if you are doing business with Matt.
Another commitment that I have made is to live my life fairly openly so that others may learn from my experiences. I have received a lot of positive feedback for my blog and how it has helped others understand what it is I went through. I started it back before I got sick. The entries follow the arc of my process and are often raw, sometimes profane and personal and they rarely have anything to do with business. It is there for you to read or not. I still put in new updates on a regular basis. The address is http://www.puddinrider.blogspot.com. Also, I am an avid Facebook user. If you are too, please send me a friend request. Of course if you want to chat, give me a call.
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