Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Locomotive that is Mike

 
It is as if I have been standing next to an empty train track, just watching and waiting. For what? 
Nothing ever happened.
But I blinked and suddenly what had been empty now has a very large and powerful locomotive barreling down its tracks.
And it doesn't ever stop.
Seriously, he wakes up at 5 in the morning and he can't go back to sleep. So he gets up and starts working, organizing orders for me, answering convos, cleaning, making breakfast. And he goes until midnight.
Repairing things around the house, cleaning windows, fixing the car.
And all this is with the open wound still at 3 inches on his left arm!
It's craaaaazy.
He could barely function before, just walking up stairs would take his breath away and he spent so much of his time, lying on the couch, alternating between napping and watching t.v. But now its totally different.
He has been given the okay to exercise so he is biking and lifting weights. He immediately lost 25 pounds and stopped drinking soda and caffeine.
Went and got his hair did, tips and everything.
He looks fantastic and he says he feels like a new man.
He wants to start diving again and become a dive master and he wants to learn how to forge metals.

I am so excited for him and his new life.
Soliris is awesome.

Pinky with her Big Papa at the Sweethearts Dance.

 I hope his story gives someone hope.
Someone who may feel there can never be a change for the better after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE. 

26 comments:

  1. Wonderful news. Great pictures.

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  2. Sometimes hope is all we have. I'm so glad Mike is feeling better and enjoying life. The power of prayer is a real and amazing power.

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  3. That is such awesome news~ I pray health and happiness continue to bless your sweet family.

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  4. Shannon, I want you to put Mike's mojo in a bottle and put it on etsy. Tell me when it's online and I'll buy it! I'm so happy for you both. This is a wonderful story and it's not over yet! xo

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  5. this is absolutely inspiring... with mike feeling better and florida in the wings, i can only imagine how excited you must be for this new chapter to develop... thank you for sharing, for being candid... for trusting people with your love and your life and the most vulnerable parts of it...
    always wishing you all of the best...

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  6. As soon as I saw his picture it made me smile right away! What a picture of happiness and a healthy man! Im so thankful hes fine now. Wow he is a locomotive! A wonderful husband and father. Isnt Pinky always the little beauty! xx

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  7. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story. Yay for your whole family!

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  8. Mike looks GREAT! This is fantastic news! :) Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  9. I needed to hear that today....I am in Connecticut taking care of my terminally ill mother in law, she is slowly leaving us. To read your story has made me smile, I am so happy for Mike. Florida will be wonderful for all of you.

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  10. I'm so glad Mike has had such a turn around! Sounds like he is a new man!

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  11. The sparkle in his eyes shows so much happiness and hope ...above all he wants to change and that is everything. All the best for you and your family

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  12. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!I'm so HAPPY for Mike and all of you! Good health truly is a gift we take for granted.

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  13. I'm so happy he's feeling better!

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  14. Shannon and Mike, I am so pleased that the new medication is yielding the results you both hoped for.

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  15. you have such a lovely way with words. glad he is doing better! xoxox

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  16. Beautiful man! I am so SO happy to hear that Mike is on the mend. I love that he gets up and works on orders and convos for you. Can't quite imagine what that would be like! I am so thrilled that Mike is putting one foot in front of the other and that big dreams are on the horizon. I am still praying for you and your family, but it is nice to know that prayers have a way of helping.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  17. This post makes my heart sing!

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  18. :-)
    Awesome Shannon and hubba, hubba Mike. Pinkie looks beautiful!
    Glad the train is up and running again.
    Shan

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  19. I think the Warrior Cross is more powerful than you knew when you made it.
    What a wonderful upbeat post. It sounds like you were all overdue for some good news to share. Thank you for doing it!

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  20. damn- what are those doctors giving him and when can i get some?
    and are you trying to make us jealous posting pics of him w/no shirt on? lol.
    this is so wonderful to read. im sitting here w/a great big smile on my face. AND I love the rings and the new dusty pastels.

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  21. damn- what are those doctors giving him and when can i get some?
    and are you trying to make us jealous posting pics of him w/no shirt on? lol.
    this is so wonderful to read. im sitting here w/a great big smile on my face. AND I love the rings and the new dusty pastels.

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  22. Shannon, thank you for sharing Mike's story of recovery - it is the most inspiring story that I've heard in a long time. I am so happy for him and may he continue to heal and forge ahead with his new goals and dreams!

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  23. What a great recovery story for Mike! You all came through the tunnel and out the other end with more than you thought possible! I'm very happy for your family, Shannon! Also love the peachy, pink color you came up with. You and Mike are on an even bigger creative roll, I think you earned it!

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  24. Honestly, I right now have tears in my eyes from reading this. I have been intending good things for you two ever since I met you and learned about Mike's illness. I feel that the world truly can change for the better, even when it's just about one small part, the life of a family that certainly never deserved the fate that it seems they were served up. But your strength has been there for Mike right along and your faith that it would get better. You both are an awesome inspiration!

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  25. Happy dancing doesn't even cover what I am doing for all of you! I hear the happiness in your words and know that you are basking once again in a happy place! There are no words to tell you how much I am feeling for all of you right now!

    Hugs hugs and even more hugs!

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Shannon