I had driven to Missouri to pickup my mother to bring her down to see my son. We were stopping off in Dallas at my aunts to see my grandmother who was very sick. I remember kneeling next to her bed holding her hand and telling her I loved her. I whispered "it's ok grandma you don't have to fight anymore if your ready to go" We visited with my aunt and headed on our way to Houston. We got about 35 miles on the south side of Dallas when my phone rang it was my aunt my grandma had passed away. It was like she was waiting to see me one last time before leaving this world.
We made it to Houston and a few days had passed she was from Here, so we had the funeral on March 14th 2009. I remember that day like yesterday it was dreary ,grey ,rainy and hazy. I was at the services when my phone rang again this time it was my son's grandma she said something is wrong with Bryson you need to get here quick. Bryson is my son. We left the services and the ride home was the longest almost in slow motion. Stephanie my girlfriend and Bry's mother sat silent in the car ride. We got to Steph's moms house and seen our son. We knew right away something was terribly wrong. He had bruises all over his entire body. This was weird bruises on the top of his foot, roof of his mouth and everywhere.
We rushed him to Texas Children's Hospital. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with MLL- rearrangement at the age of 9mths old.
Bryson is a true little fighter and has shown us all that strength comes in all sizes. Bryson was due to be done with all his treatments in May 2010, when the news of his relapse literally turned our world upside down once again. He went through a bone marrow transplant process with cord blood on August 2, 2010. He had 4 days of full body radiation as well as 4 days of intensive chemo then 1 rest day and on August 12 he had his transplant, then we had to wait for the donor cells to engraft.
Due to many side effects that can occur we would be in the hospital for up to 40 days and that is just the minimum. Like I heard one mother say after transplant "the leukemia is only half the battle". He is amazing to say the least, he grabs attention where ever we go and touches people's hearts.
He is the reason our life is filled with so much joy, his laughter is contagious but his fight for living is what is truly amazing, at the age of 2 he has seen more of a hospital than anyone should, he has had more tests, transfusions and been on more medicines than we can even count and yet he smiles, he shines and he is living life as a "normal" toddler.
Through all of this I've learned about life and how precious it really is. It's not about me or you anymore it's about something so much bigger.
I made a promise to myself after his transplant that I would change what I do to help others.
I've had big clients and ran a successful youtube website that landed large clients like cellphone providers.
All that doesn't mean anything anymore. I've turned my focus on using what talents I have to help businesses in my community. Local economy is hurting and if I can do just a little to help I'm going to do it.
Leukemia has changed my life, what I believe in, and who I am.
The reason I write this is not for you to have self pity or feel sorry for me or my family.
I'm writing this to tell you sometimes the "bad situations" are the best situations it's about your perception of it all.
I've met a lot of wonderful people because of cancer and I hate the disease and what it does to children & adults more than anything. It's led me to a better life, better spirit and a better focus. I'm sure your wanting the update on Bryson as of now he is a happy, healthy and cancer free child we are 6 months post transplant.
It took my sons illness and seeing the fight in children on a daily basis to learn it's not about me and what I can get.
If I can leave you with a few things to think about it's this.....
I know a lot of you believe if you could just make this amount or if I just had this one thing I could be successful. Being successful isn't about having it. It's about giving it.
There are so many people chasing the dream of being wealthy. You will never be happy with all that money unless you do "good things" with your life and the "money you don't have now".
I hope this inspires you to do great things and overcome the obstacles you face everyday in life and business.