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

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  2. Hi Gauher,

    I’m really sorry to hear about your son’s health.

    It can be quite overwhelming to handle the emotional demands that take a toll on you as a family.

    I pray that he remains strong and pray that God gives you and your family the strength and fortitude to remain positive, even when things (on the surface) don’t appear so.

    Remain Blessed and take as much as you need to focus on your son and family.

    We’ll keep you in our prayers also.

    Whenever you get back to business, we’ll be here waiting patiently for you.

    God Bless!

    Zeal.

  3. Bob

    Gauher,

    First, God bless your precious son.

    While in our daily lives we all realize we have to get things done-pay bills, run our businesses, etc. Those things are important, no question.

    In your case your blessing is you now see what is really important. Not to say your business isn’t, not to say your ambition isn’t, just to say you now have balance and that is also a blessing from God.

    Make no mistake about it we all have to reach a balance in our lives. You now have assets that will not only help you but others in your life.

    All our best from my family to yours.

    Sincerely,
    Bob

  4. Lana

    Guaher,

    Very sorry to hear what your son and you have been going through. Heart breaking.

    Sounds like you might need to hire a team lead for your business?

    Love, strength and health to Shaan and all your family,

    Lana

  5. ken

    Thanks for sharing and God Bless you and your family.

  6. 1. Dearly Beloved Gauher Chaudhry:
    2. This is a very tough one to digest but also good to hear you talk about how Shaan is a fighter. He will come out better on top of all the experience.
    3. Wishing Shaan the very quickest recovery, total and perfect state of health soonest.
    4. It just shows how life sometimes throws its own blows at our plans and goals and you shared a very key point there, we should all use our time, talent and treasure to love people and be a blessing.
    5. Remain blessed and a blessing with God speed, both you, Shaan, your wife and everyone that this event touches.
    6. Regards,
    7. Olakunle Solomon Fatoye.

  7. Hi Gauher,

    sorry to hear about your life curve ball. I am glad and grateful that Shaan is on his way to full recovery. As a parent its a great feeling just knowing that the dark hours of this particular incident is behind you. No parent in their good mind wish such incidents on any other parents let alone their own children.

    Great re-prioritizing lessons, Thank you and all the best to your family as the best for Shaan and your family is yet to come!

    Tina

  8. John Fal

    All the best to you and your family

  9. glad to hear good news but did you check you and the rest of the family? as for wealth iknow what its like two friends became millionaires vover night but eight months later rhe both died of cancer so i never want to be a millionaire kia kaha (be strong) trevelyn

  10. juicj77

    I’m glad that you have some light at the end of this dark tunnel. These things that life hands to us cause us to re-evaluate, which is no bad thing. It is always your worst fear as a parent – your childs health. If the net result is you spend more time with your son that’s fantastic for you both. We spend so much effort and time trying to build that ‘more time to spend with family’ through wealth, we often forget that it can be easier than that. The objective gets lost in the process of trying to achieve it. None of us know how much time we have. This definitely applies to me. I have to learn to slow down. Thanks for sharing this somber reminder Gauher. I wish you, your son and your family well.

  11. Hans Jensen

    My best wishes and a fast recovery for Shaan.

  12. Chris Sloan

    Good luck with everything and wishing you, your son and family strength in this difficult time. I hope and prey you guys come through this happy and strong!! I was so looking forward to seeing you speak in San Diego at the MBS seminar…but hopefully will get to hear you speak sometime in the future. I wish you and your son the best.

    Chris

  13. I’ll say a prayer for you guys… I sure
    Shaan will pull through just fine. Take care.

    Jason James

  14. Ben

    Wow Gauher, Can’t even imagine! Prayers are with you and your family!

  15. I had a minor surgery that gave me a major complication. I had 3 doctors tell me the problem would only get worse. I did not listen to them. I talked with and worked with holistic alternative healers and instead of being unable to walk, I hiked 13 mountainous miles last year. Life is precious. I am trying to work hard to learn how to share information and find a way to create a livelihood sharing knowledge and helping others find optimum health naturally.

  16. Rose Jones

    Best wishes to you and your son. I am a breast cancer survivor, just had a chemo treatment yesterday. Tell Shaan that “Auntie Rose knows how he feels.”

    Sounds like you have your priorities straight.

    With Caring, Rose

  17. Gauher,
    I am sorry to hear about this life changing event. but I’m glad to hear your son is recovering. While I do not have children I can somewhat relate to life throwing you a curve as I am now taking care of my parents. I hope you do not have to deal with a another stressful situation regarding health in your family, as your parents age over coming years….

    Best Wishes,
    Steve

  18. Jeremy Burns

    Gauher, my prayers go out to your family for Shaan’s speedy recovery. There is nothing more important than family.. May GOD bless yours and watch over Shaan.

  19. Max

    My Family extend our prayers for your son’s recovery through this time your family experiencing. My youngest son is a G6PD this illness will go on for the rest of his life. Better monitoring of medicine and nutrition is a must. I am wishing early recovery of your son and enjoy single moment with Shaan.

  20. Mary

    Hi Gauher,
    I noticed your absence and wondered what happened to you.
    It’s good to hear that Shaan has progress so well. What a beautiful picture of father and son – so precious.
    I will say a prayer for Shaan and for your family and I am sending positive thoughts your way. God will watch over Shaan.
    Take care.

  21. Tedd

    Gauher,

    I’m sorry to hear about your son’s condition. As a parent myself, I could only imagine what your family is going through at the moment. I wish you all the best and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Best Regards,

    Tedd Barr

  22. Mary

    The illness of a little child is terrible for both the child and for its parents. Our hearts go out to you.

    Mary

  23. Roland Khoo

    Thanks for sharing, Gauher. Wishing Shaan a speedy and full recovery and Blessings to you and your family.

  24. SDC

    When I first read your post I was at a lost for words … I still do not know what to say…

    .. stay strong, remember to eat what you can, and it is ok to sleep…

    – SDC

  25. That’s an absolute nightmare for a parent and I truly wish you and your son all the best in his recovery!

  26. Austin

    Gauher,

    I’m truly sorry for the situation you are going through. I have been through some ups and downs in my life and became a Christian 12 years ago. I’m going to lift you and your family up in prayer to the ultimate physician, the ultimate healer, and the ultimate redeemer. I pray for a 100% full recovery for your son. A comfort and blessing for you and your family that surpasses all understanding, and that you will come out of this situation with the same wisdom and insights you have shared in your touching blog post. I pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Please feel free to contact me with anything you might need, even if it’s just a prayer.

    Sincerely,

    Austin

  27. Gauher, i just can’t bear to think what it would be like to go through what you have with Shaan. It must be devistating and my heart goes out to you all.

    We wish all the very best for the future.

    Geoff, Celia and Jamie

  28. Mukesh Shah

    Gauher,

    Thank God Shaan,you and your wife came out well from this.

    This definitely change one’s prospective. I my self is cancer survivor and came back from near death.

    Now there is no doubt that Shaan will have very good life ahead and prosperous, too because of you both. Look God has tested you and you came out well. Now God will shower with amazing things you will never imagine.

    I will pary from Shaan and you both.

    Mukesh.

  29. Ana Maria Diaz

    Your thoughts should only be positive, your child will be better each day and will be a normal child, always laughing to the picture. You are their example.
    May Peace and Happiness be with you. Excuse my English.

  30. Joe

    Good to here that you have the hope of recovery. I can relate, as my son was diagnosed with a rare illness, and I stopped all internet advertising at the onset. A few adsense dollars a day is all that it brings now. My 6month old sons prognosis is however not a good one. He will probably live, but with a very low quality of life. I don`t mean to hit you with a downer, I just can totally understand your position.

    My best hopes for you.

  31. Maggie

    So glad to hear your son is healing. Sounds like you are too. Our prayers are with you and your family. Here’s to many more photos like the one you shared… for many years to come.

  32. Luka Yang

    God Bless your son and your family Gauher. Thank you for all of the advice and tips you have given to us.

    Luka Yang, MN

  33. jose

    wealth is health sometimes we forget this and get cought up in business money and status.

    My thoughts and support goes to you and your family am sure your boy will make a full recovery.

  34. Aurora

    April 5th… that was the day after Easter, a day we celebrate hope and new life in the Resurrection followed by a period of 40 days in which Christ remained with his disciples until his Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon his disciples. Something profound here. I, too, will keep you, Shaan, and family in my prayers.

  35. Garry A.

    May you have the strength, wisdom and perseverance to surmount life’s problems and obstacles

  36. Paulette

    Dear Gauher:

    Just keep believing that your son will be whole and in good health for the rest of his life. Make it one of the things that you know for sure. You are in my prayers.

    Make the changes in your life that makes sense to you and your family. It will all come together one piece at a time.

  37. Glad to here your son is on the mend.

    Byron

  38. Michael

    It is fantastic you are learning what to focus on in life. It is times when we are so low that we listen to the universe and it tells us to stop thinking so much and just see whats in front of us.

    God bless you.

  39. Tania Vetrov

    Gauher,
    I felt tears in my eyes reading your email.
    I am praying for your son’s very fast recovery. My best wishes to you and your family. Tania

  40. Gideon

    Sorry for going through this i Pray the good Lord will intervine in your family and may His peace rest upon your family.

  41. reed

    sending all good healing good health wonderful healing vibes to your son and your family . thnxs you for sharing all you do about marketing and quality living . peace ,healthy prosperity

  42. Lin

    I will be praying for your son and you and the rest of the family. His picture is precious. He is a gift from God for you to enjoy!

    God bless you,
    Lin

  43. Gaugher – just a quick note to let you know I passed along your note about Shaan to my team here and Shaan can expect to receive any number of cards and gifts in the mail here to your business address. A happy spirit is a healing spirit. Bless and be blessed.

  44. Hope everything will be better ,take care of you and the family ,Insya’allah all good wished!

  45. How unfortunate, that your son was diagnosed with such a disorder.
    But you were very fortunate to have the proper medical attention needed.
    It looks like a bright future and I wish you all the best 🙂

  46. kie dunkz

    get well soon, shaan!

  47. Barbara Varty

    What a different world we would be living in if we were all to have the good fortune to be blessed with as devoted a father as you. Gauher, you are the type man that good fortune will always deservedly follow for you & yours. It is just the natural order of ‘things’. Glad to read you have reprioritized…you’ll never regret it. May you never run short on blessings to count.

  48. Gauher,

    Man I’m feelin for you. You’ve been tested with the fear of every parent! You and your family are in our prayers while hoping for Shaan’s speedy return to health.

    Your life observations are spot on as well. The way you’ve taken stock of the priorities of life was a humbling read. You’re a good man and I have every sense and hope that your family will pull through.

    Our Best Regards.

  49. Irfan

    Gauher,
    Just hang in there for your son bro,INSHALLAH Shaan will be fine,We will remember him in our prayer.

  50. Ayden

    Hi Gauher,

    I’m sorry to hear the news. That must of been a very tough experience for your family, especially Shaan.

    Good luck to you all. I wish you all the best.

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