Damon's Story

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January 29, 2013

Count your Blessings

For the past 5 years, I have been working on temporary assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was scheduled for nose surgery in November 2007 to correct my breathing. During the consultation, I had mentioned to the doctor about a small tremor that I had noticed in my right hand at random intervals. The doctor replied, "No worries. We will run an MRI after your nose surgery is finished to see if there is anything going on."

The next morning, the MRI was completed. When the doctor walked in, I knew by the look on his face that something was wrong. It turned out that I had a tumor the size of a lemon in my left frontal lobe. With my wife by my side, we bought tickets back to the United States (most of my family was there) so I could have surgery. With a lot of help from people and some strings pulled, 10 days later, I was in for an eight hour surgery. The final outcome was that I had an anaplastic oligodendroglioma.

Forget what the statistics say. It is time to move forward with life. My wife and I had been married for 8 years and I owe a lot to her. I have been on chemo for over a year and 3 months taking Temodar. Can I say my life changed? YES! Six months later, my son blessed me with my beautiful granddaughter. Then, on August 20, 2008, my wife gave birth to triplets here in Brazil! As of today they are all healthy and fine.

We all need to take time to count our blessings and smell the roses as well. I have made it this far and there is hope. In just one year, my life has been blessed with so much and I know the future will continue to be blessed as well.

One more thing to add is that I made a bet with my wife. We agreed that if she got pregnant, then I would get to buy a Harley Davidson. I am a proud father and also the owner of a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic!

Live life and Love it!