Faith, Family, and Friends

Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~

So, what keeps you going? One in particular, or a combination of all three?

I believe, you need them all, different proportions, MAYBE, and depending on your own personal choices, but you have to have a good dose of all three, in my opinion.

Faith is a choice, and we can talk about this in the future. I’d like to share some stories with you … some pretty amazing stories actually!

Family is what I’d like to discuss and share with you today.

Friends, the right ones, who can make all the difference in your life. We will talk about those as well, but next time.

Family is the core of support for most of us, but they can also prove to be at times a source of disappointment.

But, remember, Family is Family!!!

Families influence so much in our lives. So much depends on these roots.  

  • It is where we connect to all of our relationships – the past, today, and future generations.
  • It is where we learn to walk and talk, and love.
  • It is where we learn to care for one another, and to help when things aren’t going so well.

For those of you who had less than this ideal situation growing up, you still have the capacity to forge families that represent the ideals above.

So, as you go through the many changes presented before you. Do you turn towards your family? Do you find strength in them?

Whatever Family is to you. You have to find it. Especially, as you continue on this journey of coping with a chronic illness, and even everyday life, that challenge your health and peace of mind.

How many times in your life have you met with family members you haven’t seen in a while at a funeral?

Only to say, “Nice to see you, it’s been too long, I wish it was under better circumstances.”

Yes, me, too. We are all guilty. But this is a lesson in life.

Rekindle with the right family members again. Even if it is by writing, calling once in a while, or through social media. There are so many reasons why you should. Plus, there are many ways today to keep connected. Do not make that mistake that many already have by losing these pivotal connections in your life.

A quick story:

I remember when I first woke up after my “AWESOME” life flight ride with a ventilator in my mouth, LOL. To see a room full of people.

My cousins came down from Canada. They are really more like my brothers. We all grew up together and spent lots of time around the holidays, summer vacations, and family funerals. Yes, that too. Their big smiles and some had brought along their kids as well. It was so very special!

They were all there with my lovely wife and kids. Smiling, hopeful, and waiting. I didn’t know for quite some time they patiently were waiting for me to wake-up. Hey, I needed my beauty sleep. Not like it will help, but anyway.

I can remember it clearly as the day itself. They were there to hope and pray I would make a turn for the better. They came thinking and expecting the worst. You can’t explain those feelings in proper words, but an act of LOVE itself. Hopeful collaboration of happy thoughts, prayers, and giving.

Their optimism is a major source of my strength. I stay in touch with my family and they stay in touch with me. But it does take work and dedication from both sides.

Do you continue to contact them and let them know how you are doing? Or do you just wait for them to call you?

Talking to family about how you feel, what your challenges are, and what help you need is so essential for your recovery and progress.

Remember, they don’t know exactly what you are going through, so tell them. It’s good therapy for you, but even better it offers them a way to truly help you. They want to know HOW they can help.

I don’t worry about who calls who. Who cares? How positive and better do you feel after you have talked with or connected with your Family?

Use the sources that give you the best strength, both physically and mentally, to keep you positive, clear thinking, energized, and HAPPY.

Happy is good! No, it’s GREAT!

It helps us to breathe easy, stay strong, and keep going!


‘Til next time!

  • Coach Bob

Bob Rawlins, 59, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He has been on oxygen therapy for more than a year. He enjoys skiing and golfing with his SeQual eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator.  

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