Here we go with the start of another ordinary week, right? You may want to think again.
I've had two recent situations that have greatly affected close friends of mine. Correction - the situations have rocked their worlds! And they were both having "ordinary" days.
My good friend John Nelson was on his way to the Southridge PetSmart for dog training lessons for his greyhound, Armani, the other day. He was at a complete stop right before the Trace Fork Shops, and an SUV plowed into him at 65 mph. This caused a chain reaction, and two more cars were involved in the crash. While they were waiting for the ambulance, another accident occurred.
Although he's back to work, John now faces months of treatment for an injured neck, spine and arm. And to think - right before that it was an "ordinary" Saturday.
When I think of the wife of one of my co-workers, Karl Ruud, I envision the picture of health. We just spent time with Stephanie at our company Christmas party - laughing and sharing stories about their 1-year-old son, Cooper. She's a thriving young woman and is an accomplished nurse anesthetist, wife, mother and daughter. We share the same hometown, Beckley.
Then that Thursday came several weeks ago when Stephanie was getting routine blood work, and the results came back with a diagnosis of leukemia. Later that day, she and Karl were on their way to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, and they've been there ever since. Stephanie is now undergoing a month of intensive chemotherapy treatments.
It all goes back to that "ordinary" Thursday.
So go the days of our lives. Fortunately, Stephanie and John have some of the most positive attitudes around. They amaze me with their optimism, and I'm convinced that's a key factor in their healing processes.
As we've observed before in this column, the interconnection of mind, body and spirit play out in so many arenas of our lives - not just in anecdotal circles, but also in scientific realms such as Harvard Medical School's Mind/Body Medical Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
So, let's take a look at our ordinary days. Quick - what's the first thing that comes into your mind when you wake up: