“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.”
― Jaeda Dewalt
Yesterday, Ira and I experienced our first 2022-2023 ski day at Keystone Resort. For most people on the slopes it was an average overcast December day. The day took on a totally different meaning for us. After a summer 2020 diagnosis of glioblastoma, we were ecstatic that Ira could experience the start of his third post-glioblastoma diagnosis ski season.
Ski conditions were better than many previous early December days. While only a small percentage of runs were open, we fortunately did not run over any rocks or obstacles. The snowpack was adequate. We gleefully traversed on a handful of black, blue and green runs. It was great to ski once again. Skiers and boarders always appreciate the thrill of the first day of skiing on the slopes.
While Ira was emphatic that he could beat the odds, neither one of us could predict how he would respond to his standard of care treatments. Without a magical crystal ball, it was impossible to know if Ira’s resiliency would prevail. Ira’s positivity coupled with excellent medical care at UC Health and our lifestyle choices have made it possible to fulfill Ira’s desire to live longer than most glioblastoma patients who pass away within 12-18 months of diagnosis. Being an outlier was only part of the equation. Ira insisted that his active lifestyle, which included skiing and hiking in the mountains, had to remain intact. Each year, Ira’s positivity has been enhanced by his ability to do the things he loves. Read More