So, what if a person is asking because they really want to know? Sometimes that happens. If someone comes into your office, closes the door, sits down, looks you in the eye, and says, "How are you?" it probably means that they are doing more than saying "Hi!" So how do you respond? Do you lay it all out? It's hard to know. If you do, and you see the person's eyes glass over, or they can't stifle a yawn, chances are they've heard enough. I have found that it helps to say something like, "Well, what would you like to know?" Then I can just respond to what they are really interested in knowing.
I am an active, believing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a Mormon and proud of it. I may not vote like most Utah Mormons, but I'm as Mormon as anybody in my Draper ward.
I go to church with a bunch of really nice people and I live in a great neighborhood full of really good people. I can look around the chapel on Sunday, or walk through the neighborhood on any given day, and find people with really serious stuff going on.
|My friend, Alisa Houmand|
|My friend Steve Brady|
After Sacrament Meeting today, I ran into Mark Selman. Mark and Laurie have four great kids. Their oldest, Lexe, is in a real battle for her life. Mark, Laurie, Lexe, and the whole family are fighters. How are they? Battle ready. Surrender is not in their vocabulary. I could never describe this situation better than what you can see in this youtube video.
You really need to take a few minutes to watch this. After you do, you don't have to guess how they would answer the question, "How are you?" Her chemo treatments have been extremely dangerous. Death's door has opened a few times through this ordeal, and Lexe keeps slamming it shut. Mark, Laurie, and Lexe are an inspiration to all of us, and you can bet that they are going to be just "fine thanks."
After reading these stories you can guess how I am doing. I guess I'm feeling kind of philosophical about everything. What I have going on right now is light-weight compared to these folks. In earlier posts I have written about other friends who have taken on major health challenges and come out winners. With struggles like these there are no guarantees. Some people don't make it. I don't have to go through drastic chemotherapies that are almost worse than the disease they target. There is no cure for ALS. In future posts I will try to describe, for as long as I can, my physical condition as the ALS progresses. Not everything that I will describe will be pleasant or fun, but that doesn't mean that I'm not just "fine thanks."