We all have issues and struggles that may make it difficult to get through the day. If you read this blog or follow my socials, you probably know mine all too well, but one of the main reasons I continue to write on this website is to try to use my voice to help others with a laugh or weird fact they might've not known. I want to use my experiences and "abilities" to hopefully make others hurt less.
One thing I talk to my shrink about all the time is my guilt for complaining about my life when I know other people are dealing with things that are much worse than whatever I'm letting destroy me at that moment. I'll feel shitty about the stuff I'm dealing with, then make myself feel worse about myself because I know (for the most part) things are pretty good in my life and that I shouldn't feel so shitty. I know I should be more grateful, but it can be difficult when your brain feels like your biggest enemy, everything is collapsing upon you, and you have no control over anything.
The last two years have been difficult for all of us (unless you're a billionaire who profits off of exploitation or a seditionist who hasn't been held accountable). Still, it's important to realize that COVID hasn't stopped life from happening. I've seen billboards that say things like "wearing a mask won't stop heart disease" advertising Lifespan Hospitals, and they make a great point. Obviously, the big C has thrown a monkey wrench in all our lives, but it didn't stop the original big C from attacking people.
I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it is to lose not one but both parents within a few months of each other during a global pandemic, but that's exactly what my friend Jay dealt with last year. In March, his dad passed away from esophageal cancer, and in July, unfortunately, his mother succumbed to the same disease.
Jay is one of the nicest, funniest, genuinely good dudes I've ever met. In late 2019 I put up a snap story advertising beanies that my grandma (a two-time cancer survivor) made and was selling to help make ends meet, and only one person replied and bought one. That person's name is Jay Jeannotte, and he looks damn good in it! (I sent this to my grandma in early 2020 when I delivered it him at a local watering hole. Check out that tv, yikes!)
Nobody on this planet should go through what he went through in 2021, but he's not sitting there sulking (I mean, who could blame him if he was?). He's using his remaining 2009 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year athletic ability for an incredible cause. #Mr1000.
On May 19th, Jay is boxing at Rock 'N Rumble XI in at House of Blues Boston to both honor his amazing parents and help raise much needed fund for cancer research. I've attached his write-up below. If there's one part of this blog you should read, it's this:
Cancer has impacted all of us in someway and until this viscous disease is knocked out we all need to do what we can to help; which is exactly why I wrote this blog. Much like Liz Beisel's Block Cancer efforts last year, I'll use whatever platform I have to help spread anti-cancer news and movements. If you follow my bets, I understand that times may be tough, but if you can afford it, I highly suggest donating to this cause.
JAY JEANNOTTE'S HAYMAKERS FOR HOPE FIGHTER/DONATION PAGE.
Cancer sucks and is very serious, but I couldn't help myself. Jay's a Curb guy with a dark sense of humor, so it's fine.
As is tradition.