Two years ago I started this day, August 3rd, like any other day. I went to work, came home and made dinner like so many other days. But I didn’t feel quite right. A few hours later in the ER, I found out that not only was everything “not quite right,” but I was in a life threatening crisis. In response to surgery from a year earlier, my heart developed scar tissue that had become critically intrusive. My left main artery was between 90-95% blocked. I was told that had I not sought medical attention when I did, there would have been nothing they could have done to save me.

That night as I lay in ICU as a team cardiologists and surgeons debated the best way to save me. A kind nurse stood vigilantly by my bed side. Due to the severity of my case and the heart pump keeping me alive, she could not venture more than 5′ from my bed. Compassionately she said to me “It seems someone’s watching out for you. Apparently, you must still have something left that you are supposed to do because it’s not your time yet.”

What a journey it has been since that night in ICU. Just a few months after that terrifying night, I began penning Purple Cows. I am so blessed by every day, by every family member, by every friend, by all of you who now share this wonderful journey of life with me.

Make the most of every day!  You do not know when it will be your last.

Love those around you! They are in your life for a reason.

And, know as long as there is still breath in your lungs, you have purpose.

Pursue it!  Embrace it!  Live it!