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A great start to 2012

March 1st, 2012 · 3 Comments

Normally, my wife writes all of the article for her page. However, sometimes I think it’s good to address of all you who have read or are reading about me and my fight to survive. A lot has happened since my wife last wrote everyone, so let me briefly describe some of those things. Unlike my wife I’m certainly no story teller nor do I profess to be a talented writer. Where her blogs seem informative and interesting, mine can be completely the opposite.

Moving forward my last MRI revealed my brain tumor is still dormant. Unfortunately, I am back on some minor medications for pain and depression. However, I have not let that stop me from charging forward in life and my career.

Last year I earned my Advanced Open Water Diver certification. I enrolled in Pilot Ground School, which I just finished earlier this year and am now studying for the written tests so I can begin flying. I’ve had the opportunity to snowboard three times this season, I was promoted to a new position in my corporation, my wife and I celebrated another wedding anniversary and I am also scheduled to graduate this year with my BS in IT and Software Engineering. My plan is to continue on to Purdue University to obtain my MS in Engineering Management and Leadership. Life is certainly good right now and as you can see there’s always hope.

For those of you who think it’s not possible or your lives are over, think again. Keep fighting and keep charging forward. You can do anything you put your minds to. Always think positive and look forward to the good times instead of the bad. Life is always going to have challenges, but it’s up to you to conquer them and live on.

Here’s an article I wanted to share with you all. If this doesn’t motivate you to believe in me and my story, nothing will. The same way I can succeed, so can you.



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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ZP // May 4, 2012 at 18:50

    I just came across this website and I really found your story quite inspiring. I wish you and your family all the best! Keep on fighting!

  • 2 zy // May 4, 2012 at 18:53

    What an inspiring story! Keep on fighting! Wish you and your family the best

  • 3 Eric Blackwell // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31

    Travis – thank you for this. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer 4 years ago, only to find out after an operation that the tumor was benign. It simply isn’t ever over until it is over. Thanks again for the inspiration. Could not agree more.

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