When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass I'm back in my helmet, cleats, and shoulder pads Standin' in the huddle listenin' to the call Fans goin' crazy for the boys of fall
They didn't let just anybody in that club Took every ounce of heart and sweat and blood To get to wear those game day jerseys down the hall The kings of the school, man, we're the boys of fall
Well it's, turn and face the stars and stripes It's fightin' back them butterflies It's call it in the air alright yes sir we want the ball And it's knockin' heads and talkin' trash It's slingin' mud and dirt and grass It's I got your number, I got your back When your back's against the wall You mess with one man, you got us all The boys of fall
Kenny Chesney might sing it, but I have and do live it. There is no greater football fan that I know of than my wife, Peri. On Saturday mornings, I want to watch the news; she wants to watch Game Day. She loves high school football and her favorite show and movie is Friday Night Lights, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”. If you watch the show you get it, if you don’t watch the show, you should.
If you saw the movie who can forget Coach Gaines halftime speech in the championship game.
“Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship with yourself, your family, your friends and God. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could've done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman-- you're perfect!”
Well this fall it just won’t be about football and the boys of fall in my heart. Ryan our 18 year old started college this week. Brady starts the 8th grade on Monday, the 26th, going to school full time when he is home. Patrick the oldest started his senior year of college. And, yes we have one “Kenny Chesney” boy of fall, Keegan, who appears to be starting defense end for the Greenbrier East Spartans this year. Back to Coach Gaines speech above, when it comes to fighting Brady’s cancer the Mickey family and especially Brady are working to be perfect, at least as it relates to that speech because we are pretty dysfunctional otherwise…ha-ha LOL!
Brady’s markers….drum roll please!
CEA. Normal is below 5 Today 2.4
CA 125. Normal is below 35 Today 32
CA 19-9. Normal is below 37 Today 773 (but remember at one time this was 254, 367!)
Brady is giving it all he can; he can look you in the eye and say that…to me that makes him PERFECT.
What’s next? The decision has been made; three more months of the exact same chemo and treatment that we have done for the past six months. If it’s working why change?
God Bless everyone, please keep the prayers working, we are getting there now is the time to pray all the harder!