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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pass That Shit On

So I was at CrossFit this morning getting ready for the workout of the day.

A lot of the times during my own little pre warm up I close my eyes and think about things.  Things like will the wod be hard?  Will I be able to do this or that or what weight will I go with since I am just getting back into the game.

Today when I got to Hill Country CrossFit I was a little bit early.  As I sat in the car I heard Coach Jerry yelling and I was immediately filled with nerves.  I was STILL IN MY CAR and heard him.  The 7 a.m. class is filled with some tough ass athletes.  "What is he yelling about?" I thought to myself.  Oh well, time to get in there.

Often I wonder if I use this fucking Brain Cancer shit as an excuse in my CrossFit life.  Like yesterday in my "Reality Check" I acknowledged that while I don't feel like I have Brain Cancer, I know I do.  Guess what I'm saying is that it's time to sac up and do what I love to do and that is throw some shit around and get stronger, fitter, faster and smarter.

I have been a follower of The Fittest Games which is a competition hosted by CrossFit Central in Austin, Tx. for sometime now.  In it's 8th year now the theme for the Games is Courage.  Shit, that is great.  I have Courage.  I have that.  Not that I am entering any kind of CrossFit competition or anything.

Then I saw this and it woke me up.


I do all of that.  I take risks.  I am compassionate.  I am definitely humble.  And I stand by my integrity of who I am.  I am not limited by what my Cancer does to me but stronger for what it still allows me to do.  I have the courage to get my ass up and go hit the box.  I have the courage to go get yelled at by Coach Jerry!

And Coach Jerry yells at us with words of courage and enthusiasm.  Motivation and belief that we can finish what we started.  Coach Jerry wasn't yelling to scare anyone, he was yelling as if he was on our shoulder telling us to keep going, don't quit.

He was yelling like he was in my ear saying "Don't quit Scott, fuck that Cancer and never let it be an excuse."

Courage, we all have it.  Pass that shit on.

#TeamScott
#BetterThanDying

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's all about the time I have with you

There are times when we do ordinary little things as people and our minds start to drift. We get taken to different places in our own personal lives and we either use that as an escape or use it as a reality check.

I had one of those moments today.

As I was mowing the grass, I was listening to music and then a song came on to make me think about the one person in this world I couldn't live without. This happens a lot with music.  I love music.  Music makes me think.  I had not heard this song in a long time but I remembered that I actually liked the song.  What struck me was it was a cover band that was singing, and they had slowed the song down to a more mellow style.  The words to the song made more sense to me now as to before when I  was mimicking the song and singing along with it.


I started tearing up as the song went on.  Never before had I LISTENED to the song.  Every line in this song represents who I want to be for T.

And it made me think of this.  Fuck this Cancer shit.  I don't even feel like I have Brain Cancer.  But the reality of my life is that I DO have Brain Cancer.  And the reality of it is that with my kind of Brain Cancer I may go any day.  It's the truth.  I probably won't, but hell you never know.

So I will walk as many miles as I need to for T and the 4 C's to make sure I live as long as I can until I fall down at that door.

Living with Brain Cancer is my Reality Check.

#TeamScott
#BetterThanDying

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Clays For Cara

You could call it Suns Out Guns Out!

Or you could say that on October 4th, 2014 there will be more TREATING  and less tricking!

Since being here in Texas we have been fortunate enough to receive so much help and generosity from so many different directions.  Some of the help is coming from The Cara Hobbs Foundation.  Clays For Cara was organized in 2010 as a way to help Cara and her family in the tough times while she battled Brain Cancer.  Anyone who has had Cancer or a loved one with Cancer knows how much support is needed.  Whether that comes in the forms of money, dinners, gas cards for trips or even visits from others, support is support and that is all there is to it.

Cara Hobbs passed away in March of 2011 from Brain Cancer.  In 2011 the Clays for Cara event achieved a goal of raising enough money to set up the Cara Ann Hobbs Endowment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.

How our family got involved with the Cara Hobbs Foundation is a crazy story from the beginning but it shows just how much the community around us is so caring and tight-knit.  I had only been CrossFitting at Hill Country CrossFit  for a couple weeks when Coach Laura Roberson mentioned and told me about Clays for Cara.  She asked if she could give my families name to the people there for future consideration to receive assistance from them.  I told her "sure".  Just to be thought of by people and still being new in the area felt great.

That is when I came home talked to T and told her what Coach Laura had told me.  Time went by and then one day I got a phone from the Cara Hobbs Foundation Director Andrew Watson.  I had a great conversation with Andrew about the Foundation and he had told me that my family was one of the families that was chosen.  He discussed with me the details of what when on and how the chosen families were helped.  I told him it was just great to be selected and to be able to join a community that stands for something I believe in, which is finding a way to help families that are dealing with Cancer and making Brain Cancer more known.

Since then I have met with Andrew in person and expressed my gratitude.  It will be such a great honor to be a family that is helped by a Foundation that was created for a strong woman, mother and wife such as Cara Hobbs.  I hope to meet Justin and their daughters also to thank them as well.

The Clays for Cara event is being held on October 4th.  This is an event where there will be Clay Shooting along with a dinner and also some auctions. You can check out the main site at Clays For Cara to find out all of the information and you can even sign up for the newsletter.

If you like to shoot anything, register to come shoot some Clays.  If you like to eat, register for the dinner.  Maybe you like doing both!  I'm not getting in your way of signing up.  Even if you can't make it to the event, register and donate to help anyone of these families.

Follow Clays for Cara on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.


October 4th will be here soon, make sure you jump on this!





Kiss The Baby


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BRAIN POWER

There are those of us who fall on tough times.  Whether we do it to ourselves or it just happens out of the blue.

It's when those bad things happen in life, you find out who you can lean on and who you can trust in the blink of an eye.  You also find out who disappears from your life in the same blink of that eye.  I have come across both in my life since finding out on March 3rd, 2014 that I was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma, a fast spreading and aggressive type of Brain Cancer.

This affected my whole family.  And since then I have had friends, family and even people I don't know come to our aid.  Things like phone calls, tweets, facebook messages and cards have flooded in and made me feel so good and even cry.  We have been given food, gift cards, cash, CrossFit shirts, and even visits from friends who came from Ohio and Canada.  All of these were a reminder that people do care about others.

During our first visit to MD Anderson, we learned about a 5K called the Brain Power 5K.  We automatically wanted to do the 5K and found one that was close to us.  The Brain Power 5k 2014 in Cedar Park, Texas  is an event used to help raise money and bring people together in support of Brain Cancer research.  T and I set up a TEAM SCOTT page where anyone can register and join in with us on September 7th in Cedar Park, Tx. or you can easily donate as well to anyone on our team.  After setting up the team page we decided that we wanted to have something special for all of us that were doing the 5K and those who are great enough to support us no matter where they are.

When T, the 4 C's and I moved to Texas at the end of May we were fortunate enough to meet a select group of individuals that we have known and talked to for months and years, but never got the chance to meet in person.  We all share a connection and special bond in more ways than one.  Family, CrossFit and the betterment of life.  One family has gone out of their way to turn something so bad into something so special for us and many more.

That brings in the Brooks Family.  Bobby and his wife Kristy are two awesome people. Bobby who many know as RealDoubleBee in the Social Media World specializes in Online Marketing and Strategy and Kristy is a genius in Graphics Design.

T and I wanted to do t-shirts that would show how we all were part of Team Scott.  Bobby and Kristy came up with some ideas and designs for the shirts.  T and I loved the ideas and then the wheels started spinning.  Graphics were texted and emailed.  Then it was settled.  This is what we decided to run with.

 
Here is what the front of the shirt looks like.
We love the Powered by the 4C's.
 
 
 
On the back we have the hashtag that I started
saying when I found out that I had Brain Cancer.


 
Here is the finished product.
 
If you want a Team Scott shirt 
you can get your own right here
 
 
I need to thank Kong Screenprinting for donating the printing services.  Without them doing that I don't know if this would be possible.  Bobby and Kristy have worked with them in the past and have said nothing but great things about them so I am thrilled and excited to see the shirts and get them on my back and yours.
 
So join me, my family and friends on September 7th in Cedar Park, Tx. and we can walk, run, jog and get to the finish line however you want and help the fight against Brain Cancer.  If I can do a 5k so can you, TRUST ME!

All profits from the sale of these shirts go directly to the BrainPower5k to benefit Brain Cancer Research at MD Anderson where myself and so many others are fighting for their lives.


Special thanks to Bobby and Kristy.  T, the kids and I are so grateful for your hard work.
 
Thanks to Ryan at Kong.  You went above and beyond to help us out.
 
And to T and the 4 C's I want to let them know that I really appreciate all that they have done since March.  Never leaving my side and I love you all for that.
 
 
Kiss The Baby

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Now A Texas Family

WOW.  That is just one of the words I can use to describe this right now.  I have not blogged since May 3rd.  A lot has happened since then.  SO MUCH.

T, the C's and I packed up our house and the movers came and hauled all of our shit to Texas.  When I say "All of our shit"  we have so much stuff. Just about took up the whole United Movers truck.  A great friend John M. came and drove the other vehicle for us to Texas.

We made it to Texas and what a trip that was but we made it.  We have been here since the beginning of June and we have adjusted well to being here.  The kids are having fun here.  They get to swim every few days and also they can ride their bikes more here because the driveway is longer and the area doesn't have a ton of cars driving like crazy people.  T and I are getting used to the area too.  She is the driver and she already knows how to get to the places we need.  We all go walking around the neighborhood after dinner and the kids rides the bikes too.

This was just a bit of news to try and get back into the blogger frame of mind.

So we are now a Texas family and we will see what happens from here.


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

It's May and do you know what that means?

Well, it has been a long while since I last wrote.  But there is no better day to pick to get back and write something than today

MAY 3rd

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month and Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Years and months ago I would have not known this and maybe would have never even given it a thought.  Growing up I knew about other types of Cancer but never Brain Cancer.  Then on March 3, 2014 that all changed.  It all changed for T, the 4 C's and the rest of my family.  I hope it changed for my friends also in the manner that they will now think of Brain Cancer when they hear the word "Cancer".

"Fuck Cancer" is one of my favorite things that I have recently come to love as far as phrases go.  I mean "fuck" is one of my favorite words anyways so it makes sense for me to love that.  Since March 3rd I have had some awesome personal milestones.  On April 23 I completed my six weeks of radiation and I finished all of my sessions with no major or even minor side effects.  A little hair loss on what I called the "laser spots" was all.  And that kind of sucked because I was hoping for total hair loss.  But that is ok, like I say #BetterThanDying.  Then on April 29th I took the last of my Chemo pills and I now have a month off before I have to start taking them again, but this time I only have to take them 5 times a month instead of 7 days a week.  That will be great.

I feel so lucky to be feeling so good.  My body and mind and spirits are feeling so good right now and there are so many reasons for that.  I sometimes find myself thinking "I have fucking Brain Cancer?"  How do I have this and I am not sick, not tired, not grumpy and depressed?  I'm not sure what the hell is going on but all the doc's have told me I have Brain Cancer so I guess I do.

I am going to write some more in the next few days about things I have done to help me feel this good. Things I have taken to make my body feel this good.  I want to help others.  I want May to mean something more than just a month for me now.  I want to be able to use my Brain Cancer as a way to FINALLY make a difference in other peoples lives.  If I can help a child, an adult, the parents of a child or a family member, I want to be that person.

All my life I wanted to be a person that helped others....

In my next post maybe you all can use it as a way to spread my message to others and not just see me for the asshole that I used to be.


Thanks to all of you that read and have read and that continue to check back.  Sorry I was absent for a bit.



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Throwing out Thanks and I am starting with them........

Ok. I have written enough sad and sentimental post about this Brain Cancer Bullshit so far.  And while I do appreciate you all following along and reading and sticking with me along my journey, it is time to get back to my regularly scheduled crazy ass writing and throw some thanks around.

I was told many times in the hospital by nurses and doctors that my fitness level and the shape I was in was a primary factor of why I was able to recover so fast and why I was able to get my ass up and out of that damn hospital bed and stand on my own two feet so fast.  They wanted me to pee while laying down.

"FUCK NO"  I am not pee'ing while sitting in a bed.

You can't walk to that toilet they said...."Ummm, kiss my ass! Watch me" as I walked to the toilet and pee'd and I ever made the joke that if you shake it more than twice you are playing with it.  Well, I had a shake party. lol

My fitness.  They knew about my fitness from the CrossFit band I had on my left wrist.  I think I even made a point to ask everyone that came in to look after me if they did CrossFit.  I have done CrossFit for years.  Either at home in my garage or at the wonderful Box of CrossFit Boiler Room in Villa Rica.

I had originally started learning about CrossFit from the Internet and finding blogs and sites to learn from.  The first site I actually started reading and following along besides the CrossFit Main Site was CrossFit Cedar Park in the Austin, Tx. area.  I remember leaving a comment on a post by Nikki Isbell years ago when I started. She and the Master David Tillman helped educate me as well.  After much research online and finding people on twitter, a woman by the name of Paige or on twitter she is know as @GasFamily started throwing me hooks with worms on them to reel me into the wonderful World of CrossFit.  She out of nowhere started offering me suggestions and workouts and ways to learn more about CrossFit and get better at it as well.

Paige never gave up on me through the magical ways of the Internet.

So, as the doc's and nurses and everyone else told me that my CrossFit Fitness Way of Life was a huge part of what saved my life.....I had to do the only thing that I knew how to do and that was talk shit and of course offer thanks to

Paige aka @GasFamily and Nikki Isbell and the CrossFit Cedar Park Family.

Myself, T and the kids owe you all for your love of CrossFit and the ability to spread the love to those of us that are just learning or still learning.

CrossFit Strong.  Cancer isn't killing CrossFit and Cancer is killing me and I am still CrossFit.

There will be more posts of me thanking a lot more of you, trust me.....It's coming.



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