I remember sitting in the waiting room, in New York City, thinking that at some point, this moment will feel so very long ago. I thought to myself, it could not happen soon enough. My wife and I waited for 9 hours since arriving at the hospital to hear word of how my youngest daughter, Olivia, surgery went. The words I am writing cannot begin to detail the exact emotions and thoughts from that time looking out the windows watching the same tree sway for hours on-end. It is only four months later where I am not so overwhelmed with emotion to get some of my thoughts written down. Olivia had a successful Chiara Malformation surgery to decompress the back of her skull enabling her cranial fluid to move around more freely. The compression caused a Syrinx to form on her Spinal Cord. This Syrinx was growing at a steady pace as we monitored the situation. No one wants to make the decision regarding surgery, but if we did not paralysis was imminent. We are thankful the surgery was a success, and no one can tell this day that she had surgery, we are truly blessed.
The last couple of years have been filled with medical adversity in my immediate family. Shortly after my daughter’s surgery I ended up with an 8 day and 7 amazing night stay at the hospital with Ecoli, Sepsis, and having to have my Gallbladder removed. This was the most pain I have ever had in my life and it was steady for close to 24hours. You truly find out who you are and what you are made of going through these types of situations. Today I feel better than I have in a very long time.
My immediate family and close friends have seen the adversity we have experienced from significant mental health struggles, Vanessa’s Scoliosis surgery, to Olivia’s Surgery, the passing of my mother-in-law, and what I have gone through. People say that they feel bad for us and all I see is gratitude and appreciation for those around us. There is always someone who has it worse, we are still intact living our best life. I wanted to share with those who are reading this, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is this community who has helped take the edge off, brought comfort during some challenging times these past couple of years. Thank you for all the love and support, even when I said we did not need anything. Your friendship means more to me and my family than you will ever know. People ask me why I choose to give back as much as I do, now you have a glimpse of the appreciation I feel. It is all our responsibility to fuel the next generation in the sport.
We will always remember the love and support from our immediate and extended family. Thank you!
See you out on the range soon!