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Randy’s Story

March 5, 2020


The question, “what are my biggest
accomplishments?” isn’t something a person really dwells on very much. I mean, life’s a continuum and you just
go from one interest to the next. I would say that my biggest accomplishment
is the ability to learn something new. And I like mental challenges but I also
like physical challenges and over the course of, who knows, 62 odd
years, I’ve had my share both. I’ve always gotten pretty good shape
and I’ve always ended up getting some kind of physical injury. But this is the first time I’ve really had
something that, you know, made me realize that this isn’t going to be a six-week recovery. Or you have a quick operation and, you
know, three months later, you know, with a new hip, you’re windsurfing. It, it’s a completely different situation. I’m Randy Brich. I’m a 62-year-old cancer fighter and I’m living
in Pierre, South Dakota. There’s so much uncertainty in the
future, but I guess I would never, I would never have thought I would be able to handle
it to be honest. You know, without just completely becoming
a basket case and just saying, you know, I give up. But I don’t give up I’m gonna keep on
fighting. I’ve turned the corner and my numbers
are going up a little bit. Not as fast as I’d like, but I’ll take
it. What am I doing now that I’ve been
diagnosed with cancer? I’m just going to keep doing the things
I’ve been doing all along and kind of act like it never happened. I’m going to keep training and riding my
bike. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to continue. Whenever I show my card, especially when
I did it out here for the cancer treatment, especially for the radiation portion of the
cancer treatment, and the hormone suppression therapy portion, I remember the lady looking
at it and going “Oh, you’ve got the good one”. …And I said “what do you mean good
one?” She goes, “your insurance, you’ve got
Blue Cross”. I’ve never had an issue with it, I’ve
never been overcharged, I’ve never… I don’t think I’ve ever really even… I just pay the bills when they come, and now
there aren’t any more bills. Everything says “zero, you owe zero”,
and I don’t know exactly how that happens and I don’t really care but without it I’d
be a world of hurt financially, etc. It’s just a God send. You look at some of the quotes on the
tomography unit, on the wall that people have written or posted and, you know, one of them
then I saw was, it kind of resonated with me was “yesterday’s a cancelled check, tomorrow’s
a promissory note and today’s the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.”

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1 Comment

  • Reply william robertson September 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    is he dead or what

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