Chicago Cubs: From cancer to a new baby, then back to the Cubs

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So then, my co-expert at the site Jacob Misener had a chance to attend Jon Lester’s #NVRQT event. He said he got a few minutes with him and used it to tell him my story. Could’ve talked about anything else, but chose to share my journey with Lester. A bit later, I got this:

Not too long after this, the Cubs Twitter page caught wind of my story. Without asking, the Cubs went out of their way to send me this care package:

At this point, we’re just about 10 days past my 39th birthday, and there’s still plenty of treatment to go. So as my wife carts me to and from my appointments, she’s carrying our first child. So while I need her to be there for me? I need to be there for her. Which is tough while battling brain cancer. But through it all, from the day of the surgery to the moment I’m writing this, positivity and faith have been my mantra. I believe in faith, but I also believe in science. They both have helped to heal me. I get another MRI on the last Saturday of January, and I hope to get continued good news, as I’ve had no side effects, nausea, or any other issues that many that have had radiation and chemo have experienced.

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So as the months have passed, the updates I gave friends and family on Facebook became fewer and fewer. After the radiation, it’s a little more simple. Fewer pills. Fewer appointments. But the fight is far from over. And then, as the initial diagnosis and shock has started to wear off, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times gets wind of my story. I can never tell it as well as he did, so I leave the story for you to take a look at yourselves. It was a terrific piece that my family and I will always cherish.

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As you can see, we’ve made it to our pride and joy, Adeline Noelle. This is the reason I continue to fight this beast every day. For her and my wife, who was by my side the entire way. For the Cubs, who have become more than just my favorite team, but almost part of my family in the way they treated us through these tough times. And finally, FanSided. For standing by me, supporting me, and allowing me to return to this spot when I was ready. That weekend is CubsCon. If I couldn’t be there, there’s no place I’d rather be than back here at Cubbies Crib.

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