Think You’re A Tough Guy?

I’m a tough guy… (By my father Bruce)

Not afraid to do what has to be done. During my working life I put in long and challenging hours at the job doing both physical and mental tasks. I was blessed with good health for the most part, so I could handle the workload. Occasionally, a cold, bad knee, or back would challenge me on the job; but it wasn’t that bad…Until I experienced a bout of intestinal flu! It stopped me in my tracks. As “Kramer” of Seinfeld once said: “Stick in a fork in me, I’m done!”

All I could do was lie in bed and suffer. The pain, diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, fever, chills and fatigue were devastating. No work for me!

I guess I’m not so tough after all.

My son, Isaac Levinsky, has these intestinal flu symptoms every day and worse. He has Crohn’s Disease, has had it since the age 19. Has it stopped him? No way!

Isaac is the bravest and toughest person I know. Despite the ravages of Crohn’s, the daily struggle to survive with this cruel disease, Isaac has battled on. Not just surviving, but excelling, first as a student achieving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.), and then becoming a world-class psychologist!

Watching the Crohn’s Disease progress, unable to stop it as his father, I realized I am not as tough as I thought.

-Contributed by my father Bruce

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