No Big DealJuly 6, 2012
I have tried very hard to keep my professional and personal lives separate. I’m a private person and that’s just the way I am. I am uncomfortable with attention even though I work in a very public business.
With that background, I feel I need to share something. I missed nearly six weeks of work over the winter because I had a small stroke. I didn’t want to make big deal out if then because I didn’t want publicity, sympathy or scrutiny. I still don’t want those things and I don’t want to make this a big deal now either.
As I tweeted on the 4th of July, I am sharing this for three simple reasons. The stroke has underscored to me what a gift and blessing that each moment is. My faith has helped carry me through the dark moments. I also want to urge people to get their blood pressure checked. As I found out the hard way, strokes can happen at any age and high blood pressure is the top cause. It caused mine. Get yours checked and follow doctor’s orders if medication is needed. Also, I realize there are many people facing much more difficult obstacles. I encourage them to not give up and to keep fighting.
I have a small platform to say thanks to family (especially my wife Julie), friends, employers, doctors and therapists and to try to help others. I just want to turn this into a positive. Other than that, it’s no big deal. Thanks for your support.
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