The Ultimate Fighter

07 Dec

My best friend from high school is named Adam*.

Adam has a weight-loss plan…

It’s not a very good one.

In fact, Adam only manages to lose a few ounces every year or so.

And he does it in an extremely painful manner.

He has fractions of his lung removed.

You see, Adam has cancer…

Or rather, Adam HAD cancer.

Now he has it again.

And after December 8th, he will not have cancer…again…

Adam has been battling cancer for more than 5 years. Ironically, that qualifies him as a “cancer survivor.” It’s ironic because every time a new mass of cancerous cells pops up, they go in, remove them, and he is “cancer-free” again…until another mass appears.

Then he goes on his “cancer cell removal diet” again, loses a few more ounces…and the circle continues.

Adam has a cancer scan every 3 months…

We keep hoping that the scans come back negative…ironically, negative is a GOOD thing, positive is a BAD thing.

Adam and I have been friends for 33 years. In high school he was a bit of a nerd…so was I. Neither one of us was going to play on the football team. But Adam was a genius…he still is. I wasn’t a genius…I’m still not.

Adam elevated his nerd status when he was named the valedictorian of our senior class. And he forever immortalized his legendary nerd status by winning money on a Hollywood trivia game show in the 1980’s.

He won a LOT of money.

THAT wasn’t nerdy…

Funny thing about nerds…

You don’t think of them as tough.

You think of them as the wimpy guy with the thick glasses and the pocket protector…the skinny guy in the chess club who’s good at math and science, and likes to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Adam had thick glasses…

He was good at math and science…

He was in chess club and loved Dungeons and Dragons…

Not sure about the pocket protector…

One thing I AM sure of?

Adam is not a wimp.

Adam is tough…

Adam is fighting cancer on a daily basis…fighting like a warrior.

He is fighting for his wife…He is fighting for his son…He is fighting for himself.

Adam is not a wimp…

You know what he is?

He’s tougher than any ultimate fighter I’ve ever seen…

He’s my hero…

If you’re smart, you’ll make him your hero, too.

And say a prayer for him on December 8th…even heroes need prayer.

*The story is true. The name “Adam” has been fictionalized-at my friend’s request-to preserve a certain level of anonymity.


Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Family, Motivation, Uncategorized


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5 responses to “The Ultimate Fighter

  1. Nancy Ward

    December 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I am sorry to hear that Adam is going through this again. He will be in my prayers that this is the last time it ever pops up again.

  2. Kirstain Benjamin Mayer

    December 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of this. Prayers to Adam and his family. He is in my thoughts.

  3. Christie Stokes Eastman

    December 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Said a prayer. Please let us know how he is!

  4. Jereda Snyder

    December 9, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I love Adam too! He is one of the bravest and toughest guys I know. Prayers for healing and strength to him and his family.

  5. Anne Schoenborn Segal

    December 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

    My prayers are with Adam and his family.


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