PureDriven in Two Harbors, Minnesota. I woke up at 2:00 am. and I felt a small pain in my lower right abdomen area. I didn’t think much of it. I thought it might be indigestion from the sausage pizza I had for dinner the day before. No big deal. Got a drink of water and went back to sleep. I spent two days at my client site and left for home late Thursday, June 2, 2016. The pain would come and go. It was uncomfortable at times but not excruciating. I woke up Friday morning, pain still there. Not overly concerned. I figured I might have slept on it wrong or twisted it. I came up with several reasons of what it might be. Most humans are really good at rationalizing. My wife Jane and I prayed several times over the next couple of days and by Sunday, June 5, 2016 the pain was gone. Praise God! Sunday evening Jane and I went out for our normal walk and I barely made it home. I was doubled over the pain was so bad. Eventually I did make it home and went straight to bed. Monday morning I called my primary doctor and scheduled an appointment for 2:30 pm. Monday afternoon. She examined me, her first response was, “I think you are having an appendicitis.” I said, “What, how is that possible?” She scheduled a CT Scan and within two hours it was confirmed. She told me to go straight to Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She called ahead and told them I was coming. She also made it very clear this was very serious and I was to go straight to the hospital and not go home first. So off Jane and I went. We arrived at the hospital within 30 minutes and by 7:30 pm. I was checked into my room waiting for the doctor to arrive. Around 9:00 pm. the doctor arrived and confirmed he thought I was having an appendicitis base on the scan. He went on to say the normal size of an appendix is the size of a small finger he said mine was the size of a small sausage. He did mentioned he showed the scan to a couple of other doctors and they didn’t think it was a tumor or anything like that. The doctor told me it was too dangerous to operate. He started an IV of antibiotics to hopefully reduce the size of the appendix so he could operate. I spent three days in the hospital and was released on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to begin 10 days of oral antibiotics. The plan was to have another CT Scan when finished which I did. The CT Scan came back with no change. The next step was to have a colonoscopy to see what was going on which I did on Thursday July 8, 2016. The colonoscopy showed I had a growth in my colon and it was cancer. He couldn’t tell what stage it was. He sent the sample to the lab and a few days later it was confirmed the growth was cancer. The surgery to remove the cancer growth was scheduled for Tuesday August 9, 2016. On a quick side note, since 1990 I have traveled the country giving workshops and keynote speeches for salespeople on how to prospect effectively to get in the door. Up until that day I had never missed a workshop or speech. I have given many speeches really sick with the flu, cold and walking pneumonia, but I have never cancelled. That’s another story for another time. On the way to the hospital that evening, I needed to make a very important phone call to a client. It was the hardest call I’ve ever had to make. On Thursday that week (2 days away) I was to give a speech for this client at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington Minnesota at 7:30 am. for approximately 100 people. My client had been planning this event for over 3 months. Based on what the doctor was telling me the earliest I would be released from the hospital would be sometime on Thursday. There would be no way I would be in any shape physically or mentally to give that speech. I was released from the hospital on Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 pm. and my client did end up finding another speaker at the last minute. Everything worked out. And so, this journey has began. Stay tuned!