Friday, May 4, 2012

One more hat

In 33 years, I've worn a lot of hats in my life. I've been a Cub Scout, a student, and a brother. I've been a son, a cousin and a nephew. Later on I became a fire fighter, something that even to this day I am fiercely proud of. Later still, I became a boyfriend, and a year later a fiance, with the title husband to follow. I'm a college graduate who's been called an security officer, a engineer, a director and a department head. I've been a podcaster, journalists, photographer, mechanic, landscaper, and carpenter. Recreationally, I've been a Shieldman, pikemen and one time commander, and even now am a bard, apprentice,  lord, and herald. Presently I'm a father, husband, amateur author, computer tech and overworked commuter, but that last one is nothing new. 


And of course, though it all, I've been a friend to many, and called many my friends. 


But today, I was told that I am going to be putting on a new hat, and have a new title. You see, its not a club most of you want to join, but I bet most of you probably show its members a lot of respect. Truth be told, I know three candidates myself, two got in, one didn't. None of them originally wanted to get in, just like I wasn't looking for membership. But, circumstances change, priorities alter, objectives adjust themselves, and now that application is really importantly. I'm told I've got an excellent chance of getting in, the reviewers say that its better than 75%, but the application still takes time. Mine's probably going to be in process for at least six months before the final exam.

I kind of wish it came with a card, or a hat, or even a pin. No such luck. This club doesn't normally bother itself with frivolities, but then again, for most of it's members, getting in is enough. Looking at it now, It's probably enough for me, it's not like the application process won't be memorable by itself.

Today I turned in my first application, hopefully in six or nine months, they'll let me in.

Then I can call myself a lymphoma survivor.

12 comments:

  1. You have my support. I can't really +1 or like this, because I don't like it. But I know you will be successful. You are a survivor...and very bullheaded ;)

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    1. Definatly a survivor and bullheaded; may you soundly beat it my friend.

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  2. Suck. I hope you get in the club. Prayers for you and your family.

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  3. I'll +1, like, and whatever else I can do to show my support bud!!!! Though we haven't spoken much, I count you among my true friends!!!

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  4. Damn. Damn, damn, damn. I'm sorry to curse all over your blog, but that is all I can think to say... Except that I'm praying for you, and since I probably don't say it very much (Have I ever actually said it?), I greatly value your friendship and insight, no matter how long the intermission between when we see one another.

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  5. My thoughts and prayers go with you. Know that this is a road you need not walk alone. We will help, all you have to do is ask.

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  6. Wolfgerv von Sibenb├╝rgenMay 5, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

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  7. This absolutely bites. I really hope you make it through - we'll be cheering you on the whole way. We'll make you a card-carrying member.

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  8. My mother in law is a Lymphoma survivor. She was stage-4 and BEAT IT! It can be conquered. It was a long road, and took alot of strength, but today, she is alive, healthy and so hard to keep down it's pathetic. The #1 thing that she says pulled her through: Her faith in knowing that God would't put her in this situation without a window out. This may be a time to really sort out what needs sorting in your life. =)

    I'm praying for health and family. I know it's going to be tough. You have my number and contact info. Ping me if you need anything.

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  9. Many prayers for you, your family and your recovery.

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  10. I've known several lymphoma survivors; my boyfriend is one if you ever need help.

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  11. Sending constant prayers and warm thoughts. You can and will get through this in the big way that only you can do. :) Keep your faith, God is with you...

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