The Wall Street Journal found out about me and my blog through the American Heart Association Heart Valve ambassador program and Support Network. They wanted to include bits about my story in their article on cardiac surgery recovery. The article discusses depression, returning to sports, and other aspects of recovery.
I cannot believe that this is the first time that I’ve seen this speech given by Stuart Scott at the 2014 ESPY awards. Scott, an ESPN anchor, gave this incredible inspirational acceptance speech for receiving the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award. I’m not much of a sports fan, so I guess I missed this; who knows. Either way, over a year after his death, Stuart Scott has inspired me. The most incredible quote for a person living with a chronic disease:
(which for the readers of this blog, feel free to insert <heart valve disease> or whatever life threatening chronic condition you have, in the place of <Cancer>… these diseases are different, but the struggle is always real)
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
“So Live. Live. Fight like hell…”
See his speech below. Fast forward to the 7:00 mark to go right to his speech.