Monday Mantra- Wake up every morning with a smile on your face and say, "One more day"

Monday Mantra- Wake up every morning with a smile on your face and say, "One more day"

Monday Mantra- Wake up every morning with a smile on your face and say, “One more day.”

Meet my nephew Jordan, he is 8 years old and is a shining example of how unpredictable life can be. Jordan’s story began when he began having headaches

and his family knew it was serious when he pulled himself from a hockey game. Jordan is a true Calgarian hockey player and fan, he thinks about hockey 24 hours a day, and for him to pull himself from a game we knew it was serious.
The following weeks he underwent exhaustive testing, cat scans and MRI’s, Jordan was diagnosed with a Brainstem Glioma (tumor) inside the pons section of his brain and it was spreading….quickly. This tumor is inoperable because of its location so he underwent 33 radiation treatments. His regression was fast, losing mobility, and being confined to a wheel chair. Even after all this he still talked about playing hockey, roller blading with his uncle Scottie and walking his dog.
The last month his family moved everything and lived in the Ronald McDonald house in NYC to take part in a trial procedure that was our only hope. Jordan is a pioneer in pediatric cancer research. Only 12 to 18 children will be accepted into the trial, the goal is to make it standard therapy for this type of cancer. The trial will bring renewed hope to a cancer that is 30 years behind in its medical research because it is so rare. The therapy has the potential to create a whole new paradigm in brain tumor treatment.
Jordan was so brave in wanting to help the doctors find a cure for this cancer. His procedure proved that it was safe and the research will be what’s valuable. But in the end the tumor is spreading at an alarming rate….Jordan will not win this fight.Life truly is unpredictable so wake up everyday and celebrate your life. It is about living.
One more day.

Update: At 8:45 this morning, Monday August 20, 2012, Jordan passed away in the arms of his mother and father. Rest sweet Jordan.

  • Ava
    Posted at 20:07h, 20 August

    Dearest David,

    We are with you and your family from afar – our deepest sympathy on Jordan’s passing.

    Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,

    Ava & YAMA

    • david
      Posted at 05:52h, 21 August

      Thank you Ava for your heart felt message.

  • Mari Reyes
    Posted at 22:59h, 20 August

    May you rest in peace Jordan. You are now in a better place. I’m sorry for the pain you endured here on earth. My prayers for your family for peace, acceptance and strength! And to your parents…. my heart goes out to you as I also lost my son 🙁

    • david
      Posted at 05:51h, 21 August

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. I also send much love your way for your loss.

  • Shay via @socially_fit
    Posted at 08:36h, 22 August

    My sincere condolences to you and yours. I am deeply saddened to read this, he was such a bright light. There’s a powerful message here David, I hope that you don’t mind if I share this post.

    Have a blessed day.

    • david
      Posted at 08:39h, 22 August

      Hello Shay,
      Thank you.
      Share away.