It’s been an extremely busy week at work. I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time, happy for the experiences.
This week, the premiere of “We Are Marshall” was held in downtown Huntington, West Virginia. The movie was set in our city.
It’s the true story about the football team, coaches, and supporters that died in a plane crash back in 1970 and the rebuilding of the football program at Marshall University. I covered much of shooting of the film when the Warner Brothers crew was in town. But the premiere was the icing on the cake.
All of the stars came out to walk the “green” carpet to the historic theater downtown. Actors like Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Kate Mara and Anthony Mackie. They all talked to our reporters and it was a thrill. Thousands of people came downtown to watch or attend the premiere. Many of the guests wore evening gowns and tuxedos. It was definitely a star-studded night.
While it was about a 16-hour day for me, I’m so happy to be healthy enough to cover events like this. Days like these take a lot out of me. But after any big event in my life, it seems like I always reflect back on my stroke.
It makes me feel lucky for all my experiences because I realize had I not survived my stroke, I wouldn’t be talking about this right now.
I look forward now, for the next experience, which for me will be Christmas with my family. While McConaughey is easy to admire from afar, my family members are the real “stars” in my life. As a stroke survivor, I’ve really learned to cherish them more.
I often wonder why it takes a life-threatening situation to make a person realize they’ve taken life and their loved ones for granted. I mean deep down we all know we’re going to die someday, but I guess we all just assume it’s when we’re old and gray.
I’m always telling my friends and everybody, don’t wait until tomorrow to live, because tomorrow might not come.
I know this entry didn’t involve any profound medical studies about stroke, but it does involve an aspect of what a stroke survivor feels after the fact. And for me and other survivors I’ve talked to before, it’s a feeling of joy to be alive.
Published On: January 04, 2007