My Father passed away Thursday August 6th. I posted this on Facebook August 7th. I got a huge response. Almost 300 likes and close to 20 shares. I thought I would share on here as well. if you think its a good message feel free to pass it on.
I keep hearing or seeing people say they hate cancer. I understand but you all have to understand that some of these cancers are lifestyle diseases. Lung cancer of course. Your behaviors now in life can eventually seal your fate sooner then you want. My dad had lung cancer that spread. Lung cancer brought on by years of smoking. My dad had liver cancer then a liver transplant. His liver destroyed by years of drinking.
In this case I don't hate cancer. Cause and effect. I understand why it occurred. I'm sad and I miss him but the truth is he did it to himself. He had huge regrets. He told a work friend last week he wishes he never would have smoked. I can't imagine living with that regret that your own behaviors have lead to your early demise.
Some of you will say "it doesn't matter, everyone's going to die of something", or "I don't want to live into my 80's or 90's" etc. you may think those things right now and I don't know, maybe my dad said those things at one time but I'm telling you right now he didn't want to die. You will change your mind later in life when you have children to live for, Grandchildren you want to see grow up, grandchildren you want to see be born.
You may have had someone in your family die of lung cancer, liver disease, heart disease because they didn't take care of themselves through diet and exercise, they smoked, did drugs, drank excessively, etc. hopefully it made you step back and take a look at your life. If not hopefully my fathers example will. Your behaviors now will effect your life years down the road.
My father quit smoking and drinking cold turkey in 2007 when the doctor told him if you don't quit these things you will die very soon. It took that warning to make him stop but it was too late. The damage to his body had been done. He and my mom fought their hardest all the way to the end and he lived 8 more years.
I'm very sad my dad died. I love him and miss him and I wish he was able to support my boys like he did me. He never missed a baseball game, football game, wrestling match, anything. He wished that too and the hardest part for me watching it all unfold was knowing the mental pain he was going through. Not the physical pain. He was tough. That pain of regret, knowing it could have been and should have been different.
Take care of yourselves. For you and those you love. For those in the future who are not even here yet.
Coach Mike Thomas