Colorectal Cancer Month: Make your Mom Proud!
Brock Yetso, CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, shares his story, promoting colorectal cancer awareness.
Winning is NOT always everything and “how you play the game” is sometimes more important.
Growing up playing sports, from little league to college soccer, I always thought winning was everything.
Yeah, yeah, some coaches and your parents might say winning isn’t everything and “how you play the game” is equally important, but I never really bought it. Now, as a parent of two young boys, I can definitely appreciate the “give your best effort” mentality, but indulge me a bit to see where I’m coming from.
Growing up, I was a competitive soccer player, and goalkeeper at that. At the end of a 90 minute game if I gave up more goals than the opposing team, we lost!
Simple as that. As I moved along in life, I applied this “winning” versus “losing” philosophy to much of what I did and saw pretty decent success – on the soccer field, in the classroom, and in the business world.
Little did I know, and would later learn, winning is NOT always everything and “how you play the game” is sometimes more important. The way you play the game is what makes the people around you better and stronger and leads to longer lasting success.
So where am I going with this and how does this relate to March and the Ulman Cancer Fund?
In March of 2000, my family and I faced the hardest opponent any of us had ever seen. This opponent wasn’t an opposing striker, a difficult test or a high stakes meeting – this opponent was CANCER.
Cancer turned my life upside down and humbled me. On the surface you’d probably say it won – but over the years I’ve learned it was far from winning and I’m still in the game FIGHTING right back!
On February 17, 2000 my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer. She was fifty-seven years old, had been a nurse for over twenty years and experienced no symptoms. She was a loving wife, mother of 5 kids and living her life in a way people could only aspire to imitate.
Her youngest son was about to be the last of five to graduate from high school and her oldest daughter was a few months from getting married. She had so much to live for and the world had so many reasons for her to live. She was a PTA President, Soccer mom, community leader, health care professional and more – she lived a life of service and compassion for others.
Cancer turned my life upside down and humbled me.