Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
As many of you know, this week we lost Mary’s brother suddenly at the age of 32. He and I were incredibly close – we coached football together, opened Mile High Cryotherapy together and were best friends. Today, I’ll be sharing thoughts related to that.
What do you do when you lose someone so important to you? People handle death very differently. What I personally do and will continue to do for someone like my brother in law is to honor them. I will honor him through my faith, my actions, the stories of him I share, etc. I will continue to exercise, work hard, coach football, be a good father and husband and do all the things I know he would want me to continue doing. I know that would make him proud and it not only keeps me going, it gives me even greater purpose.
Any lessons you’ve taken away from this? If you have an issue with someone important to you, don’t wait too long to fix it because you never know what can happen. In this instance, Sam and I were incredibly close and spoke daily and I left on perfect terms with him. There are others in his life that did not and I’m sure that’s very difficult to live with. A lot of the battles we fight with those around us end up not being all that important so if possible, bury that hatchet and move on.
A reminder I’ve taken from this? My brother in law ended up in a coma and his brain function never recovered. His body remained incredibly strong and his brain stem was still functioning, so he was able to stay alive. I mention this because if your body can do something that significant like keeping your body alive even without proper brain function, imagine the amazing things it could do for you if you just took even a little bit better care of yourself? Take care of your machine and your machine will take care of you – eat better, move better, reduce stress, etc. and you will derive results that will surpass your expectations.
Something I am incredibly proud of? My brother in law was given every opportunity to recover but sadly it wasn’t to be. Rather than let him deteriorate slowly though, once he was unable to recover, he was brought on an “honor walk.” This means he was brought to a room and his organs were donated. We were told he would directly save 8 people and would help 50 others. I am extremely proud of this and I know with his unselfish behavior and kindness, he would be too. A quote I use often is “I gotta go out the way I gotta go out” – he went out a warrior and saving people and I am so thankful for that.
Some quotes I love?
“You’re a brother to me Matty and I’m thankful you’re in my life. I love you buddy.” – Sam Clark
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