Friday, May 13, 2016. I’m home. After 16 days at Weill Cornell Hospital in NYC, under the supervision and care of some of the most wonderful people — literally from the top to the bottom — I am home with my superhuman wife and 3 unbelievable kids. I decided not to post anything on this blog until I was back in my house in Scarsdale, sitting at my desk on my computer in the comfort of my own home. And as I sit here, finally putting together the words that I have been thinking about for more than 2 plus weeks, it feels awesome. It feels awesome to be home. It feels awesome to really feel alive. It feels awesome to write this as tears roll down my face. My wife just said good night to me “live.” I tucked in two of three of my kids (one is sleeping out). And my mother-in-law is sleeping down the hall. You never realize how important the small stuff actually is.
I have been fortunate to have lived an incredibly blessed life and I have been so humbled the last couple of weeks by the outpouring of support from family and friends whom I have met along the way. There is guilt at first for failure to have stayed in contact with so many different people that were so important to me over time. But I have realized that the people that mean the most to you are going to be there for you even when you haven’t been there for them. For that, I am grateful and honored. Thank you so much to all of you that have texted, emailed, called and/or come to see me. I love people and I love talking, and I loved every second of each visit, conversation and email/text reply.
I plan to use this blog to keep people posted about my progress and quest to get back to 100% health as quickly as humanly possible. Simply put, I have a lot left to do and this is just a speed bump. But it is a speed bump that has opened my eyes and sharpened my focused. It makes you appreciate things that you took for granted just 2 weeks ago. And it makes you realize that nothing is more important than being surrounded by your family and friends. So I will use this blog to provide information about my fight against T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (see http://www.leukaemia.org.au/blood-cancers/lymphomas/non-hodgkin-lymphoma-nhl/lymphoblastic-lymphoma), tell (at least in my view) some pretty funny stories along the way, and generally let everyone know how close I am to getting back to the court room and lifting weights.
Finally, and while this is obviously something private, my wife Jen is nothing short of amazing. I still don’t think she is human. With three kids at home and the biggest of her kids (me) staying in NYC for the last 2 weeks going through regular treatment, the way my wife has handled everything is beyond comprehension. I am in awe. I am indebted. And I am forever in love. Jen — not sure what I did to deserve you, but I promise there is no way I am ever letting you out my sight.