I am writing this exactly 2,039 days after I returned to the workforce following a grueling recovery from a catastrophic hemorrhage that left me in a coma for five weeks.
That number matters to me because my odds of returning to a “normal” life where I would have a professional career and be able to care for myself and my family were basically zero.
I was always kind of a health nut. I watched what I ate and exercised a lot. I also became obsessed with distance running because I loved my ex-wife, Jessica, who is a runner and told me that she wanted me to run a marathon with her. I found I was surprisingly good at it and enjoyed the physical discomfort that was a part of it, as well as the mental focus that it required.