“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other” ~Walter Elliot
Don't give up. Don't give in to adversity whether you are facing open heart surgery or any other challenge in your life.
With the right perseverance and determination anything is possible. At the very least you will gain the satisfaction of being a warrior, and not a coward.
Today I got a very special visit from my parents and mother-in-law. They drove four hours and showed up at my doorstep unannounced and surprised Nicole and I to celebrate our birthdays with us. My birthday is January 25th, and Nicole's is February 27th. My mother-in-law cooked her reknowned shrimp scampi for dinner, and afterward they presented us with two mysterious gifts.
They turned out to be gorgeous NYC Marathon commemorative plaques with our names, race photos, medals, bibs, and finishing time engraved on them! They are heartfelt tributes to something we worked so hard to accomplish and we will be handing them down to our children to pass on from generation to generation, serving as an example of the perseverance and attitude that is expected in this family. Last year on my birthday I was still recovering from surgery, attending cardiac rehab, and taking a half dozen heart medications. This year I have a marathon under my belt and the year is starting out amazing on all fronts. Everything is going in a positive direction thanks to my attitude and all of the support I've gotten from family and friends.
Completing the NYC Marathon on the one year anniversary of my open heart surgery was bittersweet, and an integral part of my healing. It also brought our family closer -- as the popular NYC Marathon slogan goes; "I'm in, We're all in". It turned out to be a family event that everyone cherished. My stepdad Ed created the commemorative video below which we watched after dinner and birthday cake tonight. It was a blast watching it all over again!