This week thankfulness has been laying heavy on my heart. I have a lot, I don't want for a lot, nothing in my life is THAT hard, my problems aren't that big. Sometimes I take that for granted. Sometimes I don't say enough prayers to give thanks for the life that God has given me.
What got me thinking so much about this is the story of Mike Popp. I work with Mike's sister, his beautiful, strong, and amazing sister. Thanks Lauren for allowing me to share Mike's story.
Mike was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
ALL is the most common type of cancer in children. This type of leukemia causes damage and death by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow with immature white blood cells, and by spreading to other organs. In children, treatments result in a good chance for a cure. Acute lymphocytic leukemia can also occur in adults, however the chance of a cure is greatly reduced. Mike Popp just turned 30 while getting treatment at Sloan Kettering. He celebrated his birthday bed-ridden and intubated, struggling to breath on his own. Acute lymphocytic leukemia has the ability to be fatal in as little as a few weeks if left untreated. source: poppstrong.com
It is incredibly inspiring and humbling to read Mike's story, which you can follow on tumblr. As I was reading his story, I felt the need to get down on my knees and thank the dear Lord for this life I have to LIVE and the HEALTH to live it each and everyday as I please. Even though I am somewhat of a health and fitness fanatic, I don't always think to be grateful for my health. I haven't always been at my healthiest, or my fittest, but I have always had the ability to achieve those goals. All it took was a little willpower. I have never had any disease that I had to fight in order to live my life. I am able to get up and step out in to the bitter cold and run. I have the ability to feel the burn of cold air in my lungs. I can run, I can work, I can live, I am healthy, and I am thankful.
The one thing that hits the hardest to home with this story is that Mike is my age. He spent his 30th birthday in a hospital getting treatment. I turn 30 in a few months. I can't even describe the emotion that comes over me when I think that someone close to being just like me, one of my peers, has the "C" word. A normal, 30-year-old, with a lot of life ahead of them, now fighting to live that life.
Thank you Mike for sharing your story, your words and story telling are very powerful and eye-opening to the effects of this horrific disease. I will continue to follow and support you until you beat this monster. #poppstrong
Lots of love, good thoughts and BIG prayers coming your way.
Follow Mike's story by clicking on the image below. Here you can find links to his tumblr, and instagram. As well as a link to where you can donate to help him overcome this disease. source