Friday, December 14, 2012

My Christmas list... 2012

Dear Kris Kringle aka Santa,

It is that time of year and this marks the 4th instalment of my letters to you, well 4th since I have been an adult, all those ones as a child came with milk & cookie. The Christmas music has been playing for about a month now and all my favourite holiday cartoons are playing, helping me relive my youth each night and with that, my list of things I would like follows.

Some reason, I am blessed enough to receive not only the gifts I ask for each year, but I am surpassed with more than I ask for, which for a guy who is not too comfy with accepting gifts period, is overwhelmed by his luck.

With such luck, my list of items has very little change at all...

Gift #1
Please help me in continuing to reach the kids I coach & all the new kids that choose to want to look up to me for advice and guidance. I wish I could say that coaching was just that, but its so much more these days, very draining process as I give 11 months a year to helping these boys grow as players but as young men. Coach, big bro, counsellor & more are all part of the job and as long as I can continue help them to reach their personal goals, I am thankful for my chance to give back

HEALTH!!!  6 years that I have been in remission and not one day passes that I am not thankful for being able to work, coach, hell just walk around. My goal for the New Year is to not only maintain this continued health, but to improve it. For over a year now, I have been having issues with my achilles and its been a daily issue. I have not played basketball in over a year which leaves a big empty feeling in my heart. So I plan to lose some weight and I am also looking into surgery for my achilles. I am thinking about down the road more than now and when the day comes that children are in my life, I would love to be able to run around with them.

Gift #3
This last gift is a hard one to ask for as people grow, priorities change. I would like for all those around me, the ones who choose to stay a part of my life and all those who enter in it this year, to be blessed with positive energy. Everyone has their ups & downs, losing someone, moving away, etc, I just want all my friends and family to be stress free, as it has worked for me and my health.

I should really get back to work now but thanks for listening Santa and thanks for keeping me on your NICE list.



To all those who read this, Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Christmas list... 2011

Dear Père Noël aka Santa & all those who fell upon this note,

Its that time of year again when I am sure you are getting tons of emails from all those well and not so well deserving kids. By the way, do you still get letters from kids?
This is my third installment of letters to you & every yr, even though I feel I don't really deserve anything, I always get the things I ask for. Last year I asked for health for myself, positive vibes for my friends and family and last but not least, helping the kids I coach. Not only did you bring me all those, but the kids I coached won the whole league last year, I am so proud of them.

So for this yr, why should any of my gift ideas change.

Gift #1
Please help me in reaching these kids. I want them to reach their personal and team goals. Show them that I am only trying to help them become better people as well as all around basketball players.

Continued heath would be amazing as it is marking 5 years that I have been in remission. which is amazing considering this also marks 10 yrs of me having my disease. Being able to stay healthy has made a huge difference in my life, not having to worry about what things will be like next week or even the next day, not to mention my promotion at work would never of happened if I wasn't able to show up and show them what kinda worker I can be.

Gift #3
Keeping all those close to me, full of positive energy. There is way too much negative in this world and with this past year being full of a lot of ups & downs, I hope that many more ups are to come & for all the downs, the strength to fight through them.

That's basically it,maybe lose some weight and hope my injuries heal completely, but I guess that falls into the health part. I love my life as a coach and being able to give back all I have learned is a gift to me every time I reach one of those kids. 5 years of being is love is the best gift I have gotten every year.

So Recap:
#1 Help me help my kids
#2 Continued health
#3 Positive energy and smiles for the ones around me

Thanks for listening Santa and thanks for keeping me on your NICE list.



P.S. To all my friends who got married or are going to and all those who have had a baby or are expecting, I wish you nothing but the best in the future to come.

To all those who read this, Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!!!

Decade.... Battling life & disease

Sitting here at work, listening to some Marvin Sapp, Gospel singer, and there are a couple songs of his that really spark the best in me, ironically one of the songs being called “Best in Me” and the other one called “Never would have made it”. I mean from the titles of the songs, you can pretty much tell that these are some hopeful and inspirational songs. Now I don’t see myself as an inspiration to anyone but maybe people see a lot of the positive and hope inside me. I try to live a positive life and always look to keep the negative out of not only mine, but those whom I care for. I pretty much felt this way for most of my life, but more so for almost the last 10 years of my life.

This coming fall, October to be exact, I will be celebrating an anniversary. Well I use the term celebrating very loosely, more like MARKS the point in which my life altered for what I thought would be a negative journey, filled with hardships and pain, but turned out to be a starting point filled with growth and what others call strength. 10 years ago, 2001, marked ups & downs in my life, coming off half a year of basketball, an MVP season mind you, out of school, CHICKEN POX (Thanks Derek) & of course finding out that the reason I can’t keep any food down, losing weight & severe stomach pains, were all coming from the fact I have the disease Crohns Colitis. It took a few months to determine what exactly was in fact causing all my issues and when an answer was found, had more questions on how to deal with this. CURE?? SURGERY?? HOW MANY PILLS?? CAN I WORK / SCHOOL / LIVE A NORMAL LIFE??? Now for my case, it was centralized in one area in my body, so it might not have been life threatening but it certainly changes your life, for one, I HATE pills lol, but luckily they worked for me, for a length of time.

I’ve gone from several different pills to infusions (Meds put into an IV drip and put into my blood system), to needles, to combinations of all. Physically, my body went through a lot of changes, at first going from 235lbs to 210lbs(195 being my lowest in my worst year), dizzy spells, fainting but mentally, I had my mind set on 1 thing, never letting the disease take full control over me. For one year, the disease almost won, for one year, no meds worked, I was isolated from friends, couldn’t work, kicked out of school and it looked like it might break the force field I created mentally. To this day, I am not sure how I made it through; I mean it almost had me cracked. Was it writing some poetry about what got me through, gave me hope, and helped the meds finally get through? Life truly is a mystery, 2005 marking the worse year of my life and half way through 2006 turning into the best year of my life (moving out, meeting the ONE).

Now to get back to what inspired me to write this blog, I am not really a religious man, I do believe in God, but felt it would be selfish to only turn to a higher power when it’s convenient. I know that’s not how it works, but that’s how I see it. To turn to something just because you need it but might not feel worthy or only because you can’t deal with it, I think that’s selfish. There are a lot worse off people out there who don’t get the luxuries I got even in my state. Although I never asked for His help, I do believe that He did see the Best in Me and I do believe He will never give you something he doesn’t believe you aren’t strong enough to handle. Maybe it was Him who helped me beat this disease mentally; maybe I Never Would Have Made it without Him. All I know is that I am here today and thank all those who were by my side this past decade and am truly happy you in my life. You all think I am strong for dealing with this, but in reality, you guys are my strength and this is my letter of THANKS…

Thank you

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1st Blog, New poem...

So as I am new to this particular blog site, but I am not new to the blogging game. I have had more then a few or still do have sites I used to put my words on to share with the public, but seeing as how I have not had very much luck over coming my writer's block(4 years to be exact), I have not actually got around to using these so called sites... Until now that is!!!

So I will keep this part, short and sweet... Inspired but Vday yesterday, I finally broke through that writer's block and got some words onto paper. Let me know what you think of it or what you see in my words...


Come Full Circle

Lost within the everyday struggles,
looking for answers, without asking questions,
we start at the beginning,
when our lives, our beings,
crossed paths, seeing without looking.
A gem of an opportunity to
meet a new friend, one of which
is a beautiful woman of high desire.
Hi my name is Kenny, what’s yours?
A spark is formed, creating a bonding
light down our newly shaped path,
filled with curves & obstacles only
to discover more about one another;
before reaching a definitive goal!
Reaching for the top, a brilliant
Cut above the rest, unbreakable status…

You sit on top, a diamond, on the circle of life.