Sunday, March 30, 2008

Go Maple Leafs

So I received a package 2 days ago from the Strategic Coach friends based out of Canada. I opened the package and was excited to see a hockey jersey inside of the package. I pulled it out and saw that it was a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, and after looking closer I could see that it was signed on the logo. It read, "Stay strong Nick! Your pal: (signature) #13". I was already going crazy, but I had to find out who was number 13 on the Leafs because I couldn't make out the signature. So my mom pulled up the internet and we looked up the roster for the Leafs, and there it was! Number 13 belongs to the one and only, Mats Sundin, who is the amazing captain for the Leafs. I went crazy for like 10 minutes and couldn't believe it had been sent to me. Canadians Rock! Thank you Caroline, Maria, Sandra, Marilyn, and Strategic Coach!
Finally after freaking out about the jersey, I started reading all the little notes from everyone at Strategic Coach. They all had nice things to say and words of encouragement. My favorite one was written by Amber, and what she wrote on the package to me was: "Storms make trees take deeper roots." I really liked that one.
I leave for Boston in 2 days and have surgery in 4. I believe we are scheduled to return on the 10th, just in time for me to watch my friends race in the first dirt bike race of the season. I am excited to see how they do. When I am fully healed I plan on joining them in the races. My mom talked to the surgeon in Boston and it seems that he will need to also make an incision on the outside my face. I will be about an inch underneath my eye on my cheek, starting from the side of my nose and across my cheek. Its hard to explain but I will put pictures after my surgery of my stitches or something. I am not to worried about it. I just hope the chicks will dig the scar, even though the surgeon says the scar will be hard to notice when fully healed. Either way I will be fine with it. Either I will look really tough or you wont even notice. Its a win win situation.
Lastly, I will probably not be able to talk or text on my phone after surgery, so if you wanted to know how I am doing after surgery, call my mom (her email is - she'll give you her cell phone #) or dad and they would love to talk to you. My mom will also update my blog the day of surgery and probably daily while I am in the hospital.
I want to thank Strategic Coach again! And thank everyone for there support. This could be my last hurdle through this fight, and it was so much easier with everyones support.
Thank you!


Jennie said...

You look good as a Maple Leaf!! Awesome gift and awesome that people at Strategic Coach sent you notes of encouragement. During your battle you have come across some truly amazing people who do truly amazing things. I hope you feel as loved as you are. I wonder what kind of story you'll come up with about your scar!!!?? Ice hockey maybe!!
Want to wish you all the luck in the world in Boston. I know it will go well and then you can come back and begin your racing career. Chat soon Nick - love ya! - Jennie

Jay Paterson said...



I'LL BET YOU 5 BUCKS CANADIAN (that's REAL money for all you Yankees down there, it's actuall got hockey players on the back of the bill!) THAT YOU'LL BE BACK ON YOUR DIRT BIKE, SCARING THE CRAP OUT OF LORI IN NO TIME!!


ps. where do you find all the Maple Leafs stars these days?

That's easy, they're all of the golf course

Chris Ulvin said...

Hello Nick - I think that Maple Leaf Jersey needs its wearer to have a scar to make it authentic. We already know you're the "real deal". Prayers are going out and praise will follow. Love, aunt Chris

Deanna Hadley said...

Heh, Nick!

Boston, one of my favorite much history and so much to see and do. One of my all-time favorite Italian Restaurants is there in Little Italy area. Its a little authentic family restaurant and soooooo good. I tried to find their business card so I could send it to your Mom but I could not find it anywhere...however, I haven't given up yet so I'll keep checking and hopefully I'll find it before you all leave Boston, ok? I wish you the absolute "hugest" amount of success in Boston. My heart and prayers are with you constantly and with your Mom and your family. You are so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends who love you and embrace you with their positive energy to help you kick this once and for all. I continue to watch your blog and send you all the positive energy for success. Love ya, Nick. Deanna

jay paterson said...

Hey Skinny,
It's April 2nd, 12:35 EST.
You are THE ONLY Maple Leaf in Boston, who counts.
Anne and I, and everyone else are in the stands, cheering wildly for you.
Your Canadian Family,
Jay and Anne Paterson

Obsessedwithlife said...

Prayers and good wishes! Kick some surgery butt and scars rock ;). I'm having my wedding dressed partially designed around showing my back scars-I'm so proud of them!!