Purpose

Hi!  Hopefully you have visited the “Introduction” and “About Me” entries before coming to this page.  If not, I suggest you browse those before continuing so you will better understand the thoughts behind this page.

As you can tell from the above referenced posts I’m somewhat of a “people person”.  While blogging is new to me, working with, and helping out, other people is something I have a lot of experience with and truly enjoy.  This joy, and desire, is what led me to begin this blog.

My objective for this blog is two-fold.  First, the goal of this blog is to help those who have been faced with a life-changing, catastrophic, often demoralizing disease called cancer, specifically men who have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. It is my hope you feel the same and will, in your own way and abilities, join me in this endeavor. I received the “Big C” diagnosis almost 6 years ago. Fortunately, after 3 surgeries and a long bought of physical therapy I have been cancer free for 5 years. Many men, and their families, aren’t so blessed.

Second, I hope to show by example that regardless of age, income, or physical condition, within reason of course, if you have a good outlook on life, are willing to accept challenges, overcome obstacles, and “put your nose to the grindstone” as my dad used to say, you can accomplish anything… in my case returning to cycling after over 15 years of being away from it, not to mention undergoing major surgery which, in itself, even now presents a unique set of challenges.

It really doesn’t matter what the type of illness, injury, or disability a person is faced with, if they are at least partially mobile and willing to accept and put into play the attributes mentioned above they can still do, or learn to do, whatever they truly desire.  No, I’m not oblivious to problems caused by some disabilities that prevent those afflicted from achieving what many of us would consider to be major accomplishments, however those disabilities are not what I’m referring to here.  I see a lot of people in my work who have given up and are letting life pass them by even when there is so much potential left in them.  How sad.  On the other hand, especially in my backpacker support activities, I see a large number of people who suffer from bad health, serious injuries, loss of jobs, friends, even family members, yet they are attempting and completing major sections of backcountry trails.  Some of these “unfortunate” people have summoned the resolve to travel the over 2,100 mile long Appalachian Trail, in its entirety from Georgia to Maine, on foot with nothing but a few personal belongings, food/water in a backpack, a wooden staff or aluminum hiking pole in their hands, and the guts to take on a new adventure.  It may take them 4, 5, or 6 months to do so, but they never give up, never quit, never cheat themselves out of accomplishing the goal they aspire to complete.  This is the type of motivation and determination I’m referring to above.  It’s “hard-wired” into all of us.  All too often we suppress it in favor of the easy or “politically correct” way.  Sometimes all we need is to connect to it, sometimes we need others to light the way with encouragement so we can see what all can be accomplished, other times we need somebody to give us a helping hand to get started and overcome an obstacle or two.

The long-term goal for this blog is to (with your understanding, help, and support) provide the light, encouragement, hope, and a helping hand when necessary to those who need it.  This support includes offering friendship and comradery to those who simply have no desire to get out there alone in their quest to be fulfilled and enjoy life again, which is why group rides, with bicycles being provided (when available) to those who can not afford one, are being planned for the future.  I hope you will both join and support me in this endeavor, then share this blog with your friends, family, and acquaintances so they will have the opportunity to be a part of helping other Americans who desperately need it.

A Facebook page has been set up for this blog which contains photos, most of which are full-size whenever possible, and in the future a bit more information than is found here.  Please visit that page when you have a chance.  I’ve noticed recently (Winter 2011) that for some reason Facebook keep changing my page to “unpublished” periodically.  Each time I find this I correct the problem  by re-publishing it and notifying Facebook about the problem.  Hopefully they will resolve the issue soon.  If you try to visit the page and it’s not available please drop me a note and complain to Facebook about the problem, then check it again in a day or two.

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