Just wanted to take a few moments and fill everyone in how my Dad is doing. For those of you who arent aware, my father was diagnosed 2 months ago, with a large cancerous tumor on the outside of his stomach and small intestines. He had had no prior history to illness, and all things considered, was an extremely healthy 55 year old guy. Upon completion of all testing and scanning, the doctors prescribed a total of between 6 and 8 chemo treatments in hopes to decrease the size, and/or eliminate the tumor.

Fast forward 2 months, and my Dad has been through 3 of those treatments. I'm not going to bore you or gross you out with all the details of what someone goes through after a chemotherapy treatment, but what I will say is this...chemo sucks. That's no real surprise to anyone, but it definitely hits close to home when one of your loved ones is involved.

On a brighter side though, my Dad is doing everything in his power to stay positive throughout the process. There's been many sleepless nights, worried minds, change of routine from what he "used to do", and just an overall fear of not knowing what will happen next. Through it all my father has kept his faith; praying daily, reading the bible, going to church when the strength of his physical body allows. We, as a family, are right beside him as well. Our faith in the Lord will not change, and we have already seen some amazing blessings, amidst such daunting circumstances. I personally wanted to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and prayer for my father. Many of you have pulled me aside at the gym to extend a quick "How's you dad?" and I cannot thank you enough for that. It helps so much to talk about it, and to know that you care.

The ultimate purpose for me sharing this note, is to give you a bit of mid-week motivation. I had a conversation with my dad about 2 days ago, that completely rocked me. Let me start by saying that up until the very week of my dad's diagnosis, that man was still working out as much as he could, despite the stomach pain he was experiencing. He has a full routine of weight training, swimming, and walk/jogging that he's done religiously for the past few years! Needless to say, alot if not all, of that has stopped for various reasons (pain, doctors orders, medications..ect.) in the past few months. My Dad however REFUSES TO GIVE UP. Just the other day, my Dad was telling me how he was finally getting back into doing "real" push-ups. He's been sidelined a bit and for a while had to revert back to doing "girlie push-ups." He told me he was able to slowly do 3 sets of 10, and how he was going to try to keep building up on days he felt strong enough too.

It was everything I could do to hold back every bit of emotion I could at the point. Here was my dad, just days after a chemo treatment, 2 months after getting "that phone call" from a doctor, having lost a good bit of hair, having lost about 20 lbs from the cancer and drugs, and THIS MAN WAS FIGHTING TO KEEP EVERY BIT OF STRENGTH HE HAD. In a time when it would be so easy to give up, HE REFUSES TO QUIT.

This story holds a lot more weight, then a set or 2 of push ups, and has everything to do with the WILL of the human spirit to KEEP PUSHING ON. My dad is a fighter, and quite frankly my hero. Any man, that can show that kind of strength and resolve is a man worth trying to live up to!

I challenge you this week, when life seems tough, when your workout seems tough, when your job wont let up, to REFUSE TO QUIT, because their are so many others out who would give ANYTHING to be in your shoes. A healthy physical body, is nothing short of an absolute blessing from God. Be grateful for what you have, and don't for one second take it for granted! I know for a fact, that no matter what happens next, my Dad is going to keep pushing! Will you?

Have an amazing and blessed week, and thank you again for your support and prayers!

Warm Up: 4 cycles
150m Run
Bear Crawl x2
7 Toes to Rings

Strength: 4 x 12 with dumbbells
-Bent Over Rows

11min Ascending Ladder by 2 (2,4,6,8 ect...)
OVH Squats (95/65#)
C2B Pull Ups

"Simply because you cant breath..."

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OhlsonRD said...

Thank you for keeping us posted on your father and for the inspiration! So great to see that he is surrounded by so much support and love! Will continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Phil said...

DL: 5x10 @ 265

10 GHD's
5 hip extensions
25 DU's

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