disney 2I must admit to more than once, entertaining the question, “why me?”
However, not for the reasons you might imagine. I’ve never once felt the urge to scream “why me!?!” at the heavens in anger over my bleak cancer diagnosis.

I do find myself asking “why me?” when a group of good-hearted friends who hardly know me pull together a Disney trip so that I can spend one healthy week with my girls and wife just enjoying each others’ company.

“Why me?”

Or when a group of former co-workers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy mail me an incredible care-package of stuff that lifts my spirits. You guys really made my day.

“Why me?”

Or when I see the names of long-time friends and allies taking time to donate to our family fund campaign started by a good friend on our behalf.

“Why me?”

Or when I notice nearly 500 people have taken the time to subscribe to this blog in the matter of a few weeks.

“Why me?”
These are just a few examples. The help has been simply overwhelming. The human heart is cavernous. It is full of empty locked rooms. It makes it easy to believe we are alone. But sometimes grace finds a way to flood those dusty floors with a tidal wave of blessings. I simply have no time to feel sorry for myself. I’m far too busy witnessing miracles of friendship.


P.S. As you see in the blog, we’ve received a generous gift of a Disney trip. However, many of you have reached out to us and offered to help us out with our remaining travel expenses and out of pocket cost. The best way to do this is still just to give here to our family fund which we are using for our every day bills, groceries, medical expenses, travel expenses for my treatment, and now for the remaining expenses of this amazing chance to spend quality time with my family.

Thank you all again!

little jim

5 Thoughts on “Why Me?

  1. Kristine Cassan on October 12, 2014 at 12:21 am said:

    Awesome News!!! I am so happy you will be going on this trip with your family. You all deserve it!! God Bless You!!!

  2. Fr. Chris Hudgin on October 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm said:


    Thanks for posting these inspiring and beautifully written messages. You are undoubtedly “da man”! So many of us are praying for you down here, and I’m sure Aunt Judy is in heaven also.

    Fr. Chris

  3. Margaret Faiver on October 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm said:

    Jim, You are an inspirational and very beautiful writer. Your words are a gift to all of us. Blessings and peace.

  4. This fight is not our own. We do not stand alone. As Israel fought with one hand and built with the other in the effort to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, some where injured in the fight. As our God take you from the front lines of this battle someone must hold your place. I will stand in the gap for you till such a day as our God sends you back to us. We stand in the power of the cross.

  5. Carolyn Phillips on October 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm said:

    Jim, why not you? I don’t know you, but your story and your family’s brief stay in Tahoe touched my heart. Thanks for continuing to reach out and share your thoughts and enriching all of our lives with your sharing.

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