1 year reunion: Living The Dream

I’m going to keep this post short but sweet. Today marks the one year anniversary of my diagnosis. Its been a long year but it FLEW BY SO FAST. I know that doesn’t make any sense… not a whole lot of things I say make sense anymore. So in lieu of me rambling on with analogies, I decided to leave you all with three gifts instead.

A gift for your soul

“Life isn’t only what you make of it, its what you make it with. The ingredients are just as important as the results.”

A gift for the body

When I got sick, one of the first realizations I came to was the fact I had allowed myself to become numb to the beauty of the world around me. I remember the first few days out of surgery, waking up early in the morning and having a cup of coffee in the backyard. Watching the birds fly in and out of the trees… feeling the breeze against my back and the warmth of the sun on my face. This was life. It was something I had taken for granted for so long. It was always there I just never took the time to see it. I won’t ignore it anymore, in fact, I want to see more of it. I decided to begin challenging myself to do more and explore what I’ve been missing. My first “big” adventure is hiking to the top of Mount Baldy. Yea yea, it isn’t much… but I’m not some extreme outdoors-man… it’ll definitely kick my ass. But think of it as a stepping stone, really. Once I complete that, I’ll make another goal a little bit bolder, and then continue that process. If anyone wants to go with me, let me know. (especially if you have a map and a compass… or maybe just an emergency GPS beacon…? All of the above? Anyone?)

A gift for the mind

I came across this video the other day and it brought me so much clarity. I think anyone who reads this blog will enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Jensorensen16

    YEAH!!!! I WANT TO DO THAT HIKE!!! Count the Conklins in!!!
    We love you Brandon!!!?

  • Simonne

    Can’t believe it’s been 1 year! It’s been an amazing journey and I’m so glad that I have been able to be apart of it with you. Brandon you are an inspiration to a lot of people, keep going and live your dream!

  • Pattiesu

    Brandon you don’t know me.? I am Simonne’s best friends mother. I have been following your year through your blogs.? From the first one to this one I have been captivated by it. I was very ill at the time and your story and courage and understanding of life was so very inspiring to me and helped me through a very dark time. You see I am very close to cancer. When I was 18 I lost my 22 year old friend and sister-in-law to brain cancer. Two and a half years ago I lost?another sister-in-law to lung cancer. ?I too went on a hike in Hawaii (after another very tramatic illness/life changing event) when I turned 50.? It was supposed to be a leisurely 3 1/2 stroll that turned into a harrowing 7 1/2 hour walk for our lives. I was told by my phycologist(?) at the time said that whenever I thought I couldn’t get through something to remember that hike.? If I made it through that I could make it through anything.

    So you see even though we don’t know each other in some ways our lives have so much in common.? I have always wanted to respond to your blog but at the time just didn’t know what to say.? This time I knew.

    Once again your words are awesome and inspiring.? If nothing else keep bloging you never know who may read it.? And no that hike does not seem silly, take that hike, enjoy every footstep, give thanks (to whomever or whatever you choose, My choice is the Lord) and LIVE every moment.? Your have been given a gift that not a lot of people get, awareness of everything and everyone around you.? Love your wife, loves your kids and cherish every moment.

    I will always remember you, I’ll always say a prayer when I think of you. I hope in some way my words will comfort and encourage you as yours have me. God Bless you.

    Thank you.
    Pattie Weeks

  • Hell yeah, keep fighting mate! Enjoy it all c: I feel the same as a person who feels gifted with that realisation of how wonderful everything is, just thinking of what the planet would be like without birdsong, without the breeze, without life. It would suck!

  • Great thought. Everything is a gift from god that we must to treasure and cherish forever.Thanks!

  • Hey again, watcha been doing over the past year?