Sunday, January 08, 2012



Pastor Gene A. Dasher, Sr.

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What Having A Brain Tumor Has Taught Me

Having a brain tumor is scary. And while I'll be the first to admit it, I also think it can teach me (and you) some really important lessons about life. That's the idea of this post any way.

It's been 14 years since I first learned that I had a brain tumor. Actually, I had four. After a 12 hour surgery, they could only get three of them, so they closed me up and let the final one stay in place. And it didn't cause much problems until recently.

I first started getting headaches about three weeks before my swim of the Mississippi River. My head hurt a lot, and I felt weak the day of the swim, and I then began experiencing nausea and dizziness once it was done.

Now, as I prepare for surgery to remove the tumor, I want to give you some lessons to use in your own life, when you inevitably face adversity. My hope is that you will take them and use them to make you better.

1) Bad things sometime happen to good people. You might be a positive person. You might help others. You might do a lot of wonderful things. None of that will keep you from having to face adversity though. It's just part of life. Deal with it.

2) That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. Maybe not physically, but certainly mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You must be open to the lessons adversity is trying to teach you though. If you learn them, you'll be stronger as a result.

3) It could always be worse. As bad as things may seem at the time, I know they could always be worse. If it was fifty years ago, for instance. Or, if I had not been blessed to be born where I was. Or...Well, you get the idea.

4) Your attitude makes the difference. While it takes a lot more more than just attitude to accomplish a major goal, your attitude really does make a huge difference when it comes down to your overcoming the difficulties of life or not.

5) Prepare now. Since you don't know when adversity will strike, it's important to be preparing yourself now. If not, it would be like getting ready for a hurricane when it is bearing down on you. It's too late then.

Well, that's it for now. Until next time Keep reaching

I met Jay at an in-service training for teachers when I was with Polk County High, he impressed me then and we have stayed in contact. Keep him in your prayers.

Here is a bio of him also. This article is above is used with his permission. I thought it might help someone facing similar circumstances.

Pastor Gene Dasher

Jay Platt is a highly accomplished adventure athlete, and is the director of the "No Matter What!" Foundation.

Jay's fundraising efforts support a variety of charitable groups including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, and many others.

Prior to his current role, Jay served for fifteen years as a United States Marine. Enlisting in the Marine Corps at age 17, he saw tours of duty worldwide, from Parris Island, SC to Southeast Asia and various points in between.

In the fall of 1998, Jay's Marine Corps career was brought to an end when complications from a rare cancer syndrome forced his medical retirement as as a Gunnery Sergeant.

Since his retirement from the Marine Corps, Jay has worked to make a difference in the lives of others by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through various fundraising adventures.

In 1999, he completed a grueling southbound thru-hike of the more than 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail, becoming one of fewer than 300 people, at the time, ever to have done so.

And in 2005, he swam Alcatraz Island to San Francisco (with his hands and feet tied!) becoming one of only three people in history to complete the difficult swim in such a way.

Jay has been written about in numerous magazines and news-papers, and has been a guest on every major TV network and on dozens of radio shows.

As a speaker and coach, his diverse clientele includes the National Institutes of Health, IBM, TAP Pharmaceuticals, and the United States Naval Academy.

Jay is the author and co-author of several books and audio programs, including his latest: No Matter What! How to be Unstoppable, Despite the Obstacles, Starting Today.

Although a Georgia native, he resides in eastern South Carolina where he lives and loves life with his wife, Paz, and their three dogs, Jake, Sadie, and Molly.

Jay is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the International Coach Federation.


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1 comment:

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