My Hero

My hero is patient. He walks through life with life with a big smile on his face. A smile worth commenting on. Almost as if he has nothing to worry about.

My hero is a positive person. He will infect you with his positivity. I know because he has done this for me. He knows things will work out. “I don’t go places with an expectation,” he says, “that way I’m never disappointed.” And when treatments begin to affect him and he can’t get to something, he takes a little nap. “It’s ok,” he says, “I’ll feel better soon.”

My hero can do just about anything. He can replace the brakes on your car, solve electrical and plumbing problems in your home, install new flooring in your kitchen, and get a campfire going in a flash. If you need help with anything, he is your guy! No problem is too big or too small.

My hero has cancer. He has battled it for nearly 4 years. His surgery in that first year was the toughest thing he ever had to get through. It “knocked him for a loop!” He was patient, though, while he waited for his body to be strong again. He stayed positive, “I’m going to get better!” always his retort when I worried. He faces the challenges this disease poses with a “can do” attitude, navigating chemotherapy, immunotherapy, Ct scans, and even back surgery. And always he lets me in, allows me to participate in this journey of his, because together we are strong.

Hug someone right now in your thoughts. Hug your hero. List their qualities in your mind. Embrace their strengths. Look up at what they embody and smile because you value them.

My husband, my hero. He has taught me so much in our nearly 38 years of marriage. Because of him I am stronger, and calmer, and kinder, and smarter. He reminds me every day to go along with the flow because things are going to be all right.

I’m proud, always, of my hero.

5 thoughts on “My Hero

  1. Whew; little something got in my eye. What a touching tribute. I liked the way you structured this with the reveal at the end as little hints made it more obvious, I still wasn’t 100% certain half way through who this hero was. The way you talked about him with such affection increasingly through the piece was touching. The way you spoke about the challenges you are facing together and even the gift you see that as…whew. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey. All the best to you and your hero!

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  2. This is a beautiful tribute, Suzanne. You speak of your guy in an awe-some, loving way while also honoring and appreciating your strength together. This whole thing is about him, but it sure says a lot about you, too. You never speak of the effect that the illness has had on you other than to love others more and appreciate people to the greatest degree possible. I see such positivism in YOU here – just as much as you are giving him credit for. Thank you for letting us in, just as you let us know that he does for you. Beautiful visions and attitudes here. Comfort and healing here, too.

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  3. The power of beautiful words…my first two thought to write were the first sentences in each of the above comments. I will heed your advice and hug my hero today! Thank you, and blessings to you and your husband. 🙂

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  4. “My husband, my hero. He has taught me so much in our nearly 38 years of marriage. Because of him I am stronger, and calmer, and kinder, and smarter. He reminds me every day to go along with the flow because things are going to be all right.”
    I’m emailing my husband right now .What a wonderful tribute to your husband. Thank you for sharing.

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