In June 2012, I was a 41-year old husband, father of three and Army
squadron commander in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky. I was about to deploy to Afghanistan, when a stage 4
prostate cancer diagnosis changed everything.
Well, not everything.
Instead of retiring or changing jobs in order to focus solely on my health, I made the difficult choice, supported by my commanders, to remain in command...
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" As I grazed
through elementary school, the answer was never an Olympic gymnast or
an astronaut. I never wanted to be the president or a princess. I
wanted to save lives.
But little did I know that years later, doctors would save my life after I received a diagnosis of medulloblastoma, a common type of brain tumor in children, just a few days before my 16th birthday...