Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Brotherly Love

Today I am not writing about peels, eyebrows , skin, or permanent makeup; instead I am writing about my little brother and his triumphant, inspirational story. (Note that we did apply our SPF 45 Organic Coola Sport Sunscreen before we tackled Cardiac Hill– this sunscreen rocks!)
In July of 2010, my brother Danny injured his carotid artery while kite surfing, had a stroke, and almost died. He was in the ICU for two weeks, and his recovery period included tasks like re-learning how to swallow, speak, and walk. The right side of his body was paralyzed, which is less-than-ideal for a right-handed doctor such as himself.

Since the accident, my brother has become my greatest hero and my greatest inspiration. He attends therapy six days per week, but his gratitude permeates his being. His sense of humor is infectious, and his response to my mundane whines are always, ” Be happy, I am, I am alive. ” His priorities have been revived and simplified to include a full recovery (his goal is one more year), his two children, family, and friends. When together, we laugh and we cry more than we ever have. His path is clear, his eyes are bright, and his semblance glows. Overall, life is good.

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