Recognizing the Good…

Recognizing the Good…

To be honest, I received some bad news yesterday about my cancer and the severity of how much it has spread. But today I choose to focus on the positive. I cannot say thank you enough to the hundreds of people that have reached out to me and my family during this difficult time. To the friends and neighbors that have been willing to stop everything they’re doing to assist my family…to the colleagues and acquaintances that have sent me private messages of support and inspiration…and to my former students that have uplifted me by sharing the impact I’ve had on their lives…you have given me hope and put me in a much better mindset. Simply put, THANK YOU.

I had a negative mindset yesterday after finding out more about my condition. The community that surrounds me made that mindset short-lived, highlighted by the love, strength, and determination of my wife, Cindy Traskaski Rick. I don’t know if I’d be able to do this without you…but with you, anything is possible. Thanks for being my rock (and as a former Earth Science teacher, you know how much I appreciate rocks).

I’m overwhelmed by the love and support I’ve received online and in person. Thank you doesn’t say enough. For those of you that know me and know what’s in my heart, you know how I feel and I don’t have to say anything more.

I woke up this morning considering myself lucky. I am thankful for what I have in my life. I choose to be positive and with our collective strength we’ll get through all obstacles that stand in our way. Let the fight begin…

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