To Grandpa, The Biggest Fighter There Was

To Grandpa, The Biggest Fighter There Was

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" - Helen Keller

Take a moment to think about your grandpa, whether he is still alive or has passed, I hope that he had some significant imprint on you. In honor of my grandpa's birthday this past week I figured it is only necessary to share what a great and honorable man he was.

His name was Marshal Martin, but he liked to be called Mickey and to me, he was Papa Mickey. He was born on November 18, 1932, in Los Angeles, CA. His life wasn't perfect and later in my life, I had learned of some of the tragedies that got him to be the amazing man he was.

He had a brother who was in a head-on collision on the way home from prom, which then left him to be an only child.

Unfortunately, six months later, his father passed away.

He later married my beautiful grandmother, and they made sure to fulfill their dreams of traveling just about everywhere you could think of.

They did it all.

My grandpa was many things, but the biggest thing was that he was a fighter and a survivor.

When my grandpa was 66 years old he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. With age, this disease only got worse and lasted until he passed away, which resulted in him being sick with it for 15 years total.

Then, at the age of 77 years old, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He had radiation treatments which did help, however, his cancer came back a year later.

When he became very sick they took their last trip to their favorite place, the Hawaiian Islands. His dream was to travel all over the world, and he sure did conquer that.

Even though he got sick, he didn’t let anything stop him from doing what he wanted.

The doctors told him he only had about one year left to live, yet he fought for about three more to the day of April 15, 2013.

He was one of the longest survivors in California with that specific type of cancer.

Throughout his sickness, there was not a single day that he complained, instead he lived life day by day like everyone else and tried to enjoy it.

He was a fighter.

The most important thing I learned from him while he was sick was how important it is to not let anything get in the way of living your life. He was always so happy and never complained.

Even when he felt horrible, he was a trooper.

As much as I wished he could have lived longer to watch me get married someday and have kids, I will always be able to cherish the memories I made with him as well as all the lessons he taught me in life.

Cover Image Credit: Alexandra Lee

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5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

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9. "Can we get ice cream?"

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12. "Are you asleep?"

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To The Grandma Who Took Me In As Her Own

Thank you for everything.

Thank you for all the time you put into me. I know I can be a handful, but you’ve never once complained. You’ve been my best friend through everything and I don’t know what will happen to me once you’re gone.

Thank you for taking me in when I didn’t have a place to go. For a year or two, I basically moved in. You gave me a place to sleep, food to eat and overall, treated me like I was your own. You raised all of your kids and never hesitated to raise me too. You were my only option at the time and I never took any of this for granted. You have made me a huge part of your everyday life. Don’t hesitate to come to me if you ever need anything. You’ll always have a huge place in my heart.

Throughout these last five years, you’ve become my biggest supporter. You always take me to my appointments even if you have to cancel one of yours. You check on me periodically if I have a “brave” day, that way I know I’m safe. If I can’t do something, you don’t make me feel bad about it, you say “maybe next time”. I know you don’t understand what I’m going through, neither do I, but thank you for always trying to motivate me.

Throughout these last five years, you also became my best friend. I know I can always cry, laugh, fight, anything because you’ll be there. If I get too weak to fight, I know you’ll fight for me. When I was little, I never imagined us getting as close as we are. We’ve spent so much time together just because I’m “sick” and that’s one of the ways I got lucky. If my anxiety never would’ve gotten worse, these last five years would’ve never happened. I’m so fortunate to have this time with you.

We have had some of the wildest moments, whether we’re on train tracks or just cruisin’ the ave. We never have a dull moment, that’s for sure! We constantly are talking about two opposite things and we don’t even realize it until the conversation is almost over. It’s insane how many times we’ve caught ourselves doing that. We are two morons, that aren’t capable of doing many things the right way. That’s what makes our bond that much more special.

From our late nights at the auction, our trips to the store (that take an hour more than what they should’ve), our trips to Thelma’s for game day or our normal midday naps, we have so many memories. I wish a lot of these were recorded so I could watch how stupid the two of us are when we’re together. At least you know you’ll never have to be alone if you don’t want to be. I’m always up for spending more time with you. I don’t think there could ever be a time where we’d have too much time together, we have too much fun!

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