Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Magic Mike

Our 'Magic Mike', 26 December 2014.
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Sorry Channing Tatum fans, this post is not about that buff fellow in the movies. Instead, it is about a Mike with more magic in his spirit than any other Mike I have ever known. The Mike I am writing about is my elder brother Michael. Today is the one year anniversary of the day on which my brother suffered a serious heart attack which resulted in him having quadruple bypass surgery. 

The most shocking thing about this is that for most of his life — since he was about nine years old — Mike has been a dedicated athlete and a long distance runner. He ran track, and was on cross country teams in both elementary and secondary school.

Mike has run all of the major marathons, including those in Dublin, Boston, New York City and Toronto. For years he was also a cyclist, competing in races from coast to coast. He takes good care of himself and doesn't drink or smoke.

Mike is a nurse in the highly specialized field of Nephrology, and he is very fortunate in that he suffered his heart attack at work. Instantaneously, his shocked workmates went into rescue mode and brought Mike back into the land of the living.

The magic about Mike lies in the fact that within four months of his surgery he was back out running again. The thing about Mike is that he has an indomitable spirit. No matter what happens, he does not allow anything to defeat him; Mike just picks himself up and keeps on going. This is one of the things I most admire about him.

The photo I've included above is of Mike crossing the finish line at a 10 mile race the day after this past Christmas. Just over three weeks after this race Mike celebrated his 60th birthday, and he just keeps on running. That's our Magic Mike.


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