Today, 06:11 AM
(February 23rd, 2010)
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NCAA Champ

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 1,000

I wanted to do something special & out of the ordinary for my 1000th post. I hopes this qualifies.

Maybe some of you saw this a few years ago maybe some of you didn't.

This is the story of one of the professor's @ my Alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, (in Pittsburgh, PA) Randy Pausch.

His home page is here:

@ the lower left of the page is his story on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. If you have 40 minutes to spare, it might change your viewpoint on a few things.

A few years ago, Randy was diagnosed with one of the most deadliest forms of disease, pancreatic cancer. He fought it & did not win the physical battle but he won the battle of the spirit. He lived his life full of love & determination to his dying day. He changed a lot of peoples' lives.

He made a video called the "Last Lecture" That can be seen here on CMU's channel:

There's a few punchlines in it that I don't want to spoil so I will not tell you much about it other then it will not be what you expected. If it doesn't restore your faith in mankind, you should check your pulse!

Besides the obvious benefit I feel it will be to anyone watching & absorbing the information in it, I have my own reasons for sharing it.

I was 1st exposed to the internet back in the early 80s @ CMU when Painting majors were not supposed to be involved in "technology" but there I was @ the college with the oldest drama school in the nation that also had the #1 robotics institute & one of the top engineering & computer programs int he country. So I took to learn about software & wrote one of the first computer graphics packages in Pascal, @ the age of 20, much to the chagrin of my art professors.

Btw, much of the hardware & software on the space shuttle came from CMU. So did a few of NASAs' astronauts.

By 1986 I was shopping online on Compuserve. One of my best friends found her husband on it. This was before the "world wide web" & the gooey interface that has since made the internet so accessible. I even used my art degree to help a fledgling organic food manufacturer get an online presence on the web back in 1996 & helped them grow. In that time I was exposed to much about health & nutrition.

In all that time I have been on countless chat rooms, message boards, social networking groups etc. This is the 1st time in 30 years I have ever gotten to having 1000 posts with any particular group. I want to thank Jensen for creating a needed board that not only covers one of my lost loves in wrestling but also allows for many other topics to thrive as well.

Though I have not met any of you face to face, I have definitely had a few good conversations & arguments with some of the good members here. It is an oddball cyber-family to say the least.

I feel it is my basic purpose in life to try & help others. This is why I have created this thread & post. To share Randy's message with those who are struggling & maybe those who are just starting their young life & need some practical advice as well as some inspiration as you see I am in a similar boat as Randy. I wanted to share this message as I don't think I could really expound upon it any better.

In 1996 I discovered lumps in my lymph glands under my armpits. With the help of just nutrition & a good chiropractor, I made them go away. However in 2007 I discovered lumps in my lymph glands in my neck. We tried making them go away but they didn't want to respond to the original protocol. About a year later I discovered a larger lump & got more tests.

The good news was that it was not lymphoma. The bad news was that it was a squamous carcinoma. That's right a skin cancer growing, spreading inside my neck. How the hell does THAT happen?

I found that for all my good diet that I had been unwittingly exposed to several carcinogens that were hard at work. But the doctors were amazed that I was it very good shape if not alive. They said my immune system was very strong because of my diet.

My retail business collapsed that year & the irony is that that turned out to be a good thing. I never carried health insurance. I had only been to a medical doctor 4xs in the past 30 years & that was mostly for stitches & broken bones. Now it seems that I qualify for all these government programs like disability & medicaid. I have discovered that there is a reason for everything.

In the meantime I had a doctor in January tell me that unless I got some more aggressive treatment that I had maybe 6 months to a year to live. I have found a integrative program that has had a lot of success but they don't take insurance & it costs quite a bit of money. I have spent most of my feel time the past month raising the funds to do it all the while I have implemented everything I have learned about treating malignancies upon myself in an attempt to slow it down.

So some of the discussions I have engaged in here on TWT, have come form my real life experiences & not just something I read out of a book.

I have had a few down days but basically when I do, I remember TWO things:

1) Randy's story
2) I always imagine a problem bigger then my own. That makes me realize just how SMALL my problem really is & that I can always DO something about. It might sound funny, but believe me IT WORKS.

So I share these videos & story in hopes that someone might take the inspiration it is supposed to give & utilize it to create a positive change in their lives & in the lives of others.

Maybe you are an older guy, ex-athlete who body has fallen apart. There IS something you can do about it. Or perhaps you are a coach trying to find a way to motivate your kids. This is a good one.

Maybe you are a young high school wrestler who wants to make varsity or has higher ambitions. Maybe you have a goal that seems hard or "impossible" to obtain. Stick to your dreams. You just don't know what life has in store for you if you give up on them. The so called failures often give you an opportunity to open doors that you might not have imagined.

If you think of student/athletes like Anthony Robles, you realize that there are always many excuses around us begging for us to use them so we can justify giving up on ourselves. When you give up on that, that is when you really start to "grow old" if not die.

My advice?

Don't do it.

Please utilize these stories & make a change in your own life & most importantly, upon the others around. You just never know what the result might turn out to be. The person you help and/or inspire may in turn help another 100 or 1000 or more. That means your actions ECHO across time, & that means what you do TODAY does matter. Just sometimes you can't see it, see where that action will end.

Don't ever forget that...