The Message

So, in my humble attempt to try to motivate or inspire Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team as their honorary team captain in yesterday’s HEADstrong lacrosse tournament, I urged them to walk away with three things as a result of having met me…

First, I reminded them that I am living proof that in spite of doing all of the right things; in spite of eating right, exercising, and always trying to make the right choices; crap happens. And when it does, the first choice you have is to make is whether to sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself, asking all of the “why me” questions….. or address the problem and move on.

Point number two… treatment can work. For all of the terrible stories you hear of death and loss, there are even more examples of survivorship. I drove the point home that we are winning this war and that all of the research and advancements that have been made in cancer research is working. My doctor called me a “responder” early on in my treatment because I reacted so well to what many people refer to as poison – chemotherapy.

And lastly, I reminded them that they were there to play a sport that they loved. And the beauty of the weekend was that they were able to play a game, while raising huge dollars for a very worthy blood cancer cause. I pleaded with them to never lose track of that concept. I told them that they had all been given a special gift in that they were being given the chance to do something that they loved, while making a difference in the lives of others. I told them that I hoped that whatever their passions end up being 5, 10, or 50 years from now, that they will always try to find a way to unite their passions with ways to give back – some how, some way.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Brown is an honorary captain in my life as well. He is a true survivor, someone that I admire and look up too. Listen to what he has to say. Ethan

  2. Scott Palmer
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Hey Steve

    That message is so true and awesome. I started the same way ( why me,why me ). Why not me ? Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it can hit anyone or their family. I also had second thoughts on the Chemo as well as my Bone Marrow Transplant. The donor was unrelated, but they found a perfect match. Now I’m doing great @ 130 days plus . They told me that I had set a record for the fastest time to remission (post transplant).

    Temple Bone Marrow was wonderful, I would highly recomend them to anyone with a blood cancer. My suggestion to people with cancer is DO NOT GIVE UP ! But there were a few times in my battle when it seemed too easy to give up. But I hung in there and did all the right things gained some weight and strength back and positive things will happened. You will respond. Thanks Steve . Love reading your messages. Your story helped me through some crappy times and I thank you !

    Take Care and LIVESTRONG !!!

    Scott W Palmer
    Mantua NJ

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