I got to hang out and watch the end of the RSCA footy camp two weeks ago. Having caught a glimpse of the guys earlier in the camp, the positive change in their play was abundantly clear.
After the camp, Richie introduced me to the assembled players and their families. The goal was to introduce the Conway Cup, but my emotions got the better of me...Richie stepped in to fill the void.
As people were leaving, a couple approached me. Eddie stepped forward and shook my hand. With an emotional face, Eddie quickly explained that his mother passed away from ALS when he was 3 years old.
I promptly lost it again.
Given that my daughters - 1 and 4 - are so close to Eddie's age when his Mother passed, I found it impossible not to get emotional.
As I explained later to Amanda, one of my biggest worries is that my girl's lives don't go off the rails should I lose my fight with ALS. Seeing Eddie tapped directly in to that point of concern, but in a positive way. After all, here was a wonderful man with his wife and son that had dealt with the loss of his mother to lead a good life.
Perhaps my mind focuses too much on the negative. Eddie was a good reminder of the positive.