When Life Throws You A Curveball

It all started with a limp. My wife and I thought that our four year old son (Shaan) was having growing pains when he was complaining about pain in his lower left leg.

On April 8th, 2010, my world was rocked when my son was diagnosed with Leukemia, which is a blood cancer.

Childhood cancer is extremely rare and since there was no history of cancer in either of our families, this hit me like a freight train going 1,000 kilometers an hour.

There were over a million questions racing through my mind such as what, where, when, why and how?  There is no reason why leukemia happens in children and in some cases, babies are even born with it.

They immediately started chemotherapy treatment on Shaan and started looking at what specific type of Leukemia had started in his body.

Thank God he was diagnosed as having Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), which is considered a “good” blood cancer in terms of treatment. The cure rate is as high as 90% with proper treatment.

I cancelled all my travel plans and Internet marketing activities. I cancelled my trip to System Seminar in Chicago. I cancelled my presentation at the Magic Bullet Seminar and dropped out of Jeff Johnson’s “Traffic Voodoo” course as one of the content providers.

I also cancelled my MobiBlueprint product launch.

Nothing seemed to matter to me anymore.

I stayed with my son every day and night since he was admitted on April 5th and after 43 days of being at the hospital, we both came home yesterday.

He has a long road ahead of him with an additional 22 months of treatment, but the prognosis looks good as he is now in remission.

Some of the things I learned from this experience:

1. No more spending 10 hours in front of the computer each day. Life is too short to spend in front of a monitor all day.

2. Money doesn’t mean much without health. Health is the real wealth.

3. No more complaining about paying taxes. Health care is free in Canada and the care that was provided for Shaan can’t be matched in terms of quality.

4. I need to restructure my business. As soon as I stopped working and disappeared, my employees were left twiddling their thumbs.

5. Charity. If the wealthiest people in the world just gave up 10% of their assets, it would solve problems such as world hunger. It is time for all of us who have been blessed with wealth to start giving more.

If you are a parent, I hope you NEVER have to go through this experience and if your child ever complains of any small aches or pains, get it checked immediately.

Shaan is a fighter and he will come out of this stronger.

Take care,

Gauher Chaudhry

597 comments

  1. Avraham

    Gauher,
    It’s been a long time at first I thought you had decided to give up on me as a list member.
    This news has come as a total surprise am happy though you have light at the end of the tunnel.
    Quick recovery to your son and family.
    What is money without health? Nothing
    So give the little boy his time Life is now.

  2. Rob Vlas

    Mate, be strong, your son will get through this, with the love and support of his parents.

  3. Paresh B Oswal

    God will help Shaan to recover fast.

  4. Thanks for sharing, It puts the real things we value into perspective.

    Good luck

  5. Gauher, I have said a prayer for Shaan, and am confessing that he is 100% healed and healthy.

  6. Will

    Sorry to hear about this. I think everybody who sees this post will pray for your son and your family. Hope your cute son will recover soon and own a happy childhood with his parents!!!

  7. Jure

    Dear Gauer,

    Sorry to hear about your nightmare.We pray for your son’s speedy recovery and blessings to you and your family.Healt is welth indeed.

    Take care

  8. Hey Gauher-Speedy recovery to your son. Best of luck to him and you. Thanks for your posts and trying to add value to people’s lives.
    Cheers,

    Palmer

  9. Vik

    Hi Gauher,

    You have the well wishes of all of us. I will say a prayer for Shaan’s speedy recovery. He looks like a trooper and will come out a lot stronger from this experience. God bless you and your family.

    Regards,

    Vik Sharma

  10. What you learned must be taught to others, for they are all very, very true…

    We’re so glad he’s getting better. We believe in you Gauher, and we wish your son, your family, and you, the very best!

  11. sorry to hear that, i wish your son get well soon.

  12. Alberto

    Am sorry to heard that news about you son, but stay strong you self, and tray to raise the inmune system of you son, with honey, i wish so you
    all the best and full recovery soon.
    God bless you family
    Alberto

  13. Gaugher,

    I feel sorry to hear what has happened and glad that everything is going much better now.
    All Best wishes to you All.

  14. Hi

    All I can do is echo the messages above and wish your beautiful son a speedy recovery. Of course at moments like these family are a priority, and it seems that you have a large network of supportive people around you that will help you through this troubled time.

    Sending you postive thoughts

    Lincoln Bryden (UK)

  15. Frank

    Gauher,

    When I found out about this I was shocked. I’m glad that your son is doing better and recovering.

    I can’t imagine the amount of worry you and your family had for Shaan each and every minute when you found out and thank goodness you went to go get it checked out.

    Wishing Shaan a safe and speedy recovery to become even stronger than before!

    Frank

  16. Ademola Adeyemi

    This news touched me so much.But I am glad at his recovery.I wish him and your entire family robust health in 2010 and beyond.

  17. Gauher,

    I’m so sorry to hear this news, I hope your son recover quickly. Hope God Bless you and your family.

  18. Dear Gauher,
    I’m sorry to hear such bad news from you. I just pray and hope the best for Shaan, you and your wife.

  19. Grahame

    When I got your course their was a attachement called, Science of getting rich, thanks; so because of that book….

    For your son I have one THOUGHT:

    I’m Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious, Happy and Healthy.

    All of the best Mate

  20. Michael

    Gauher…

    My heart goes out to your family…
    Some good news is I know of a young boy who
    just came through the treatment and has completed it with a full recovery.

    Sounds like you guys are on your way to the same and you have all our prayers with you.

  21. William

    Hi Gauher,

    I am sure Shaan will be fine. I am father of 2 boys too. I can perfectly understand your feeling. Wish you and your family all the best.

    God bless

    William

  22. Paul Happ

    Gauher,

    From my family to yours, I’d like to wish Shaan a speedy recovery & a long & fulfilling life. Good things happen to good people in the long run. Your priorities are commendable & we should all strive to ‘work to live’ & not ‘live to work’. You’ve helped a lot of people & families in your lifetime & I’m sure double that amount would help you when needed.

    All the best

    Paul

  23. I just read about this from my friend on Facebook.

    I hope your soon will get well soon, be strong, be brave, let God take care of all of you.

    One of my friend, survive from Leukimia by having the treatment in Netherland, it costs very much, but at least he is here with us until today.

    Positive thought and supportive family will help. The spirit and love to live will play part.

    May God bless Shaan and your whole family.

  24. Roy

    Just want to say, I am saying a prayer for (Shaan), you and your wife.

  25. Hi Gauher,

    Your son will be in my prayers. I’m glad to hear everything is going well with him now and that he’s on the road to recovery. You’re 100% right…health is wealth!

    God bless you and your family.

    Amit

  26. The good Lord has Shaan in His hands and He will see him and your family through this trial. I believe your family will come through this and Shaan will have a complete and total recovery. Furthermore, I believe the Lord will strengthen your family in this, His refining fire.

    As you said Gauher, health is the true wealth. Also, realizing the priorities in life is the true wisdom. Your family is the most valuable blessing you have by far and away.

    I have 2-yr and 6-yr old boys and they are the reason I word so hard, and I’m sure the same is true for you Gauher. We want the best life possible for our families and I think you are on the right track, and hopefully so am I! We just need to be sure to strike the right balance in life between work and family. But in the final analysis it’s family first and then work… always family before work!

    I’ll pray for your son Shaan and your family that God blesses you immensely and that your blessings will be so great that you will not be able to contain them. And, Shaan will live a long happy and prosperous life among the rest of your entire family.

    God bless the Chaudhry family!

    John Messmer

  27. i like you all these while.
    i am a malaysian Chinese, actually from our experience around my community, i have come across some friends whose relative were have same sickness, if it is at an early stage, we believe it can be cure using “Chinese herb” with certain mixing of the herd(actually there are quite a few successful cases).

    in the mean time, we will stop all the x-ray or radioactive treatment, because all these kill the good cell in our body and reduce the immunity system.

    But i do not know about your belief, what i can say ,stick to one treatment,ignore other advise– so you have to choose which treatment you want and go for it.

    My final choice is still Chinese Herd which always bring miracle.

    Thank you

  28. Very best wishes to you and to your son, Gauher. My thoughts are with you.

    Look into the use of soy as a continuing preventative. Soy has certain properties beneficial in the prevention of leukemia. Also look into oxygen therapy as a continuing preventative – bacteria, viruses and malignant cells thrive in an oxygen-depleted environment but cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment – cancer cells do not like pure oxygen at all. Thirdly, although little known, cancer cells love sugar, so a low sugar diet is something to look into if you haven’t already.

    Best regards to you and your son.

    Warren

  29. Rich Rojas

    Guaher,

    My thoughts are with your son, you, and the rest of your family. May Shaan have a full and speedy recovery and get back to the serious business of being a carefree little boy.

    Rich

  30. Hello Gauher,

    When seemingly bad things happen to us, we have an option to get ‘better or bitter’ about it. And your post definitely shows you’re heading in a much better direction of becoming even better and doing much greater things than you’ve done already.

    Shaan will be well, and bouncing full of life again. That’s my prayer and that’s my belief, because you’ve sown good seeds on a global scale and added great value to many lives. God bless you my friend!!

    Warmest regards,

    Chu

  31. Afi

    Nothing is more precious than one’s child-Hang in there and Shaan, by the grace of God,and his caring parents will be fine.Proud of you,Gauher!

  32. Lauren

    I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lauren

  33. Anthony Basil

    I hope Jesus will watch over your family and take care of them. Family always matters more than anything…

  34. Al Kirke

    Holding Your son in a ball of yellow prayers.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Al

  35. Hi Pal,
    Feel helpless and devasteted can only see your hardship but cant’feel your pain or share or take it away from u my wife will light a candle today as she is christian and I will say a prayer for you in my religion as I am Hinhu. you and your blessed son and your supportive wife now have blessings from the east and the west.
    God Bless Pal
    Take care
    PS if you do need to talk to me just for talking and wife is nurse will free do so my skype id is itdoc007
    Dilip Dabrai

  36. Alex

    Things like this make one realize the priorities in life. My prayers are with you and your family…hope your son recovers completely.

  37. Gauther, Prayers for your Son and you. Blessed for catching it in time.
    If you’re back in the swing you should look into Mike Koenigs “Paid for Life”. I think he would want you to present at his event coming up.
    http://www.paidforlifesystem.com/blog

    Aways things for a reason. Namaste.
    Neil

  38. farshid

    Hi

    Here is wishing you and your son the best. I am sure your love will make it many times better for him.

    God bless.

  39. christina

    I am very sorry to hear what you have all been through. I know that you r son will get better. I wish your son a sppedy recovery and I wish you al great peace happiness

  40. Roy

    I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts, Gauher.

  41. Jeff

    Shaan,

    All the best to you li’l man. Glad you’re such a brave boy.

    Keep your dad smiling and all will be grand.

    -Jeff (and his li’l 3 year old man)

  42. Gauher my sympathies are with you, every day is a gift, don’t neglect something or someone today for something hoped for in the future.

  43. Eric Marlow

    I write this just so you know you have a large community of followers that value you and wish you, your wife, and of course your son a bright and long lasting future.

    Many thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

    God Bless. 🙂

  44. DeAngela C

    Gauher,

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Your son is beautiful…may God give him strength and a speedy recovery!

  45. Tim

    Gauther:

    It is times like this, which makes us stop & think about the true importance of our earthly life…family & friends. We all wish the best for your son, your wife, & you. It seems unfair that disease can attack our children too. If & when you come back, we’ll be here to support you, even though we miss your wisdom. But remember, when that time comes, we all will be here, anxiously waiting for you.

  46. Big Mike

    Best wishes Gauher, I have a 2 year old and couldn’t even fathom what your going through right now. I wish you all the best.

  47. Estelle

    Lots of love to you and your family Gauher
    Estelle

  48. Thank you for sharing…yet, another testimony that “health is real wealth”. You and your family are in my thoughts. Be & eat well!
    In Gratitude,
    Linda

  49. Silver

    Good luck with everything!

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