My name is Tieler, and Brandon has given his blessing for me to provide this latest post. Last March, Brandon and I sat down to talk about his story and from that Brandnu Possibilities was born. Togther we’ve worked to update the blog and share his message with so many of you. Little did I know what would come of it… but God certainly knew.
So I’m bringing greetings from Brandon. I visited with him yesterday and despite the challenges and setbacks, he’s still smiling (photo). These days, it’s a little difficult for him to write, type and speak. But believe me when I tell you, his light is still shining bright, and those of you who know Brandon will agree, it speaks on its own. Continue reading
A group of friends have gotten together to launch a fundraising campaign, “100 Days to Save a Life.” I am humbled at their efforts and support since my diagnosis with brain cancer. The campaign began earlier this month and will end on May 12, 2013, which marks my two year fight.
Our goal is $400,000. It is lofty. It is ambitious. And yet it is the total cost of my medical and living expenses for just about six months. Just one of the cancer drugs I must take to stay alive totals $64,000 a month.
Whatever we raise, I am grateful. As much a blessing are the friends and loved ones I have. With their support and God’s grace, I continue my fight.
Thank you for whatever you contribute – be it a monetary gift, sharing this post with others, prayers, encouraging words and love.
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
I said to a friend the other day that perspective is what we need when circumstances aren’t what we want them to be. That’s primarily how I’ve been able to be positive through it all. The Bible says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be given to us (Matthew 6:33). When we put the focus on God instead of what is directly in front of us, it should shift our thinking.
Now I’m not saying I don’t get frustrated at my situation. At times, I get downright upset. But I don’t get consumed by my thoughts or feelings. Instead I am consumed with the thought that this is temporary. There’s a lesson in that. Watch what you think!
So rather than just saying, “Keep a positive perspective,” here are some thoughts on how to do that.
1) First ask yourself, how can I make this positive? Is there a learning moment for you or perhaps someone else? Sometimes, it’s not always about us.
2) Focus on the moveable parts. In other words, what can you change? Identify it and do it. If it’s out of your control, move on. That’s the Serenity Prayer in action.
3) Sweat the small stuff. Yes I said that right. Even though you may have your goal and see the vision, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The little things add up. Don’t overlook them.
Keep looking up!
My father passed away on July 26. I didn’t have a relationship with him really. But the loss is still there. I would have liked to know him more, do more with him but unfortunately I did not have the opportunity. From what I was told however, he had made some major changes and had wanted to build the relationship he never had with me and his other children.
I am incredible grateful though that the few steps he did take allowed me to know a family I had not known before. And now I have uncles and aunts, cousins, a grandmother – and siblings.
As with life often when one door closes, God opens a window. I am grateful. Although we may not always see the reason for a loss, we can trust that God knows – and that He has a plan to use it for our good (Romans 8:28).
An instance the other day involving one of my neighbors got me thinking. I was outside, getting some fresh air and was taking a break from walking. He was on his patio also getting some fresh air. He got my attention and shared some words with me. He said that he had seen me from time to time getting out the car some days and taking my walks on others. Continue reading