March 6, 1521; Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam
March 6, 1834; after a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.
March 6, 1981; after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
March 6, 2013; Brady Mickey is admitted to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center because he has been vomiting several times a day for three weeks and has lost about 30lbs. The doctors have not been able to determine what is causing this.
March 6, 2014; after dropping to a low of 92 pounds Brady Mickey now weighs 123 pounds and all of his cancer markers continue to be very close to or in the normal ranges. Brady is spending the day in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for scheduled chemotherapy.
So maybe you don’t recall all these famous events that happened on March 6, but one will always stand out for the Mickey family, March 6, 2013. I remember Peri’s birthday, the boy’s birthdays, my anniversary date, the day I started at The Greenbrier. There are lots of dates that I remember that others may not because they are special to me. March 6, 2013 certainly wasn’t a joyous day like a birthday or an anniversary date, but it is still a special date to me and now….to you.
Every journey must start with a first step and March 6, 2013; was our first step on the road to being well again. The past 365 days have been filled with many steps, laughter, tears, prayers, anxious moments and many wonderful memories, in one word… life. Yes, life is the best way to sum up the last year. I am sure there is not one of us that will read this message that has not experienced laughter, tears, prayers, anxious moments and many wonderful memories over the past year; they are all part of everyday life. I have and I hope you have learned over this past year to laugh when you can and cry when you have to, to pray instead of feeling anxious and through it all cherished the wonderful memories, the moments, that together make up this special thing we call “life”. There will be other dates to come; the day we were told, “Brady has cancer”, the day we started chemo, the day Brady first got out of the hospital. The dates will continue to come and pass, because the journey of life never really ends it goes on and on. And although we may not like to think about it, the journey will go on and on long after we are gone from this earth.
Brady’s continued return to health is amazing. His CEA marker is 2.3, CA 125 marker is 8 and the one that was 254,000 the CA19-9 marker is 63. I think the thing that impresses me the most is his weight, 123 pounds. He still has a ways to go to get back to normal, but at least his pants will stay up now!
The last part of this update is for Brady’s enjoyment so bare with me while I direct this to him. Brady, I will remember March 6 as Life Day. (Now what most of you do not know is that Brady is a huge and I do mean huge STAR WARS aficionado and fan. Brady will totally understand what I am about to add although the rest of us might be doing a little scratching of our heads.) Brady the below message is for you, some STAR WARS trivia even you may not know….
PS: Brady, I saw the first STAR WARS movie when it was released in 1977. I was the same age as you are now.
"This holiday is yours, but we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom, and to harmony, and to peace. No matter how different we appear, we're all the same in our struggle against the powers of evil and darkness. I hope that this day will always be a day of joy in which we can reconfirm our dedication, our courage and more than anything else, our love for one another." ?Princess Leia
Life Day was a Wookiee holiday celebrated by the inhabitants of Kashyyyk every three years. It was a celebration of the planet's diverse ecosystem and the many forms of life it encompassed. It also was a time to remember family members who had died, and the young ones who continued to bring new life to a family. Life Day was a sacred holiday, and many Wookiees considered it their duty to return to Kashyyyk in order to celebrate it. Life Day was held once every three local years for many generations, but during the Galactic Civil War, its importance to the Wookiees became more pronounced. Wookiees were spread across the galaxy, either because they had been enslaved by the Galactic Empire or for personal reasons, and they began celebrating Life Day each year as a way to remain in touch with their history. Over time, the holiday found its way into various other cultures.
Happy Life Day….
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16