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
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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.

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Dear Grandpa,

I have thought a lot about what I want to say to you because there is so much. I have been so lucky to have been able to grow up with a grandfather like you. You have taught me so much and given me so many memories that I will remember forever.

Thank you for always hosting Christmas Eve. This may sound so cliche, but that is my favorite day of the year hands down. It is the one day that we all get to stop working or studying and just forget about everything just to come together to laugh and have a great time. My favorite part of that night is the fire you put on the TV. We all joke about it and you get a nice kick out of it and it is funny. Let's not forget the tradition of watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", that is awesome because we all sit around and can quote the whole movie. As kids, my sisters and I always looked forward to this day and as a 21-year-old I still do more and more every day!

Thank you for being present. Every big moment of my life you have been there. You were at my dance competitions, my high school graduation, you helped me numerous times when it came to moving around from apartment to apartment in college, and you check up on me every once in a while. Knowing that you are proud of me and enjoy helping me grow up is such a blessing. A lot of kids my age don't have that grandfather that is in their lives and I am so glad that I do.

Thank you for always making me laugh. Believe it or not, you are hilarious. Your little cheesy jokes are always the highlight of the conversation. There is never a dull moment with you and that is why I love how great our relationship is. You always know how to put a smile on my face when I am upset or when you know I am having a hard time. You make sure to check up on me too which is most important to me because it shows you actually care. So, keep those cheesy jokes coming because I love them!

Lastly, thank you for the memories. Thank you for Christmas Eve, thank you for road trips to my college to help me move a 50 pound desk up 4 flights of stairs, thank you for coming to my dance competitions in high school, thank you for letting me come over whenever I want to talk for 3 hours, and most importantly thank you for being there. I hope everyone understands how important it is to have a relationship with their grandparents and I am so glad we have that. I love everything about our relationship and I would not change anything for the world. You are the best and I hope to have you around forever!

Love Your Favorite Oldest Granddaughter,

Kayla

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