February 17th, 2016 a New Beginning!

     It’s been awhile since I last posted. Life, and what’s important to me had gotten lost in just following the day to day events of life. On the early morning of Wednesday, February 17th, with my wife by my side, and after months of dealing with severe pain, I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. A life-changing disease that will affect all of my joints as time rolls on…
     “Never let them see you cry” is what my grandfather always told me. “Be strong, be strong for them.” I haven’t cried until now, as I write this post…I’m scared. I don’t know what I face, how, why, so many things to ponder. But I know that I need to BE_strong for myself.  It really felt good to get it all out. It’s unbelievable what a good cry can do; cleansing, shaping, healing!  Now…I’m smiling – weird right?
     The universe, God, or whatever you believe in, only gives you things that you can handle.  Life gives you these things for a purpose, a sign, a wake-up, an experience, a journey, a voice.  For me, a reminder that life is fragile and to make the most of it with every breath.  I haven’t figured it all out yet but I will not become a victim of life or this condition. I will become a master of it!  Great things will come and it will BE_amazing!

Be_lieve…In yourself.  The story is just beginning!  – Mark


  1. As your Mom, that February 17th phone call saddened me to tears. I know you will be able to handle this as you have a very strong support system in our families. I wish I could kiss it and make it better like when you were little…now that sounds really weird…but you know what I mean 😉 I am a phone call away anytime you just want to talk. BE-strong my son! Love you, Mom


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