I know I have it better than most people out there–which is why I rarely talk to people about the things I’m struggling with, but I feel like I need to get all of this off my chest. I’m not going to go into tons of specifics (feel free to ask questions though). Thanks for indulging me.
A little over a year ago, my wife of 11 years left suddenly and without giving a reason. 3 kids involved.
A few months later I found out that she was with my best friend since age 16. He had stopped hanging out with me not long after she left, so I had my suspicions. Tough to lose the two people I was closest to in one blow.
Last winter I found out that another very close friend (we were in each other’s weddings, went to high school and college together, etc…) found out that his 8 year old son had a rare form of cancer. He’s been in and out of treatment since, and they recently gave him just a matter of months to live.
While I was coaching track last spring, our head coach died suddenly over the weekend. He was only 53 years old. This was a truly great man. He was like a father to me. He got me started in coaching, his wife watched my kids when they were young, during meets, when we couldn’t afford a sitter. He would often pay for my meals after meets as well. It was so hard to take a group of young people through such a tragedy.
Just a few weeks ago, I got a call from my sister telling me that Mom was going to the doctor, as she thought she had a hernia. They ran a battery of tests and discovered lesions on her bones. Turns out that she has bone cancer. Prognosis at this point isn’t encouraging.
I keep telling myself that things are going to get better soon–but they just haven’t yet, and that is incredibly frustrating. I still have much to be thankful for, so I’m trying to stay as positive as possible.