I joined the community way back in 2007 or so. Long time player, I used to work in a hall in Kansas City called Breakers, if anyone remembers it. It was a stopover for a lot of famous road players.
Anyway, I kind of dropped off the radar in 2008 when I go the news my son, and only child, was diagnosed with cancer. January-April were pretty much a blur until April 21, 2008 when he lost the fight. The next 8 years have also been one distraction after another. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and weighed in at 340 lbs. My Mom and Dad passed within 5 months of each other. I had a lot to deal with and no chance of surviving if I didn't get focused. I was fortunate to discover a new passion, Bicycles.
Well, long story short, I am no longer really considered a diabetic, off meds for 2 years. Weight is under control and a couple years ago I rode my first Century, 100 miles in a day! This last year has been a bit of a trial, I tore my Achilles Tendon and have been off the bike for a year, but with this spring I'm drooling to get back out there.
A few days ago, I was rummaging around in a closet and found my cue case. I dusted it off and took my old Players out and put it together. The old spark is still there. Sadly, the old halls are gone now and I have to drive 45 mins to the nearest place to play, but I'm going to get back in the saddle again, because the walking around a table will help my ankle and I kn ow I'll fall in love with this game again.
Moral of this epic: No matter what life throws at you...........throw it right back!!!!