A Battle of a Different Sort Provides a High Note
A momentary foray into school and community issues provides a surprising and uplifting diversion.
I remember my wife once lamenting how, between my current status as a Stage 4 cancer patient and my job at the Foundation, there is just no way I can ever turn off or escape from thinking about cancer. Anyone reading this knows she is right. Try as one may, cancer lingers day in and day out as a nagging thought that can only be brushed aside like an annoying fly that insists on continually returning. Even if that fly does take a short hiatus, there’s always any number of side effects that willingly stand in for the reminding role.
But, the past week has been refreshingly different. That’s been made possible by my volunteering time to a student-led effort in our local school district to save a highly talented and gifted music music teacher who, we believe, was given the short end of the baton for little if any reason at all. The teacher in question has been an undeniable inspiration to our students. As middle school students, they don’t just play instruments, they are young muscians.
Much my of my evenings and weekend free time has been focused on helping these students and families get our teacher back. I have to say, the diversion has been a powerful therapy. For the past week, my outlook has been brighter and I smiled ear to ear driving home last Friday evening as I realized the source of my lightness–a 7-day vacation from that annoying fly! It’s astounding what a good cause can do, not to mention the new community bonds and acquaintances that have been made. The passion and optimism of our students is lifting–even contagious.
I even started blogging about the issue on our local Redond Beach Patch. Anyone interested in seeing what I have been up to outside of the cancer arena can checkout my community-focused thinking by reading There’s Much to be Learned by Listening to Our Students. If you have an opinion, feel free to add a comment.
This new focus has been very good for me at this point in my journey. I believe I will find myself telling other patients, if they are physically able, to find a diverisonary cause. It can do a patient a world of good.
Wishing you abundant health.