An Odd Anniversary

It was one year ago today that I collapsed at home, and my wife rushed me to the hospital. We didn’t know it at the time, but bacterial meningitis was attacking and swelling my brain, and the 19th of January started a hospital stay that wouldn’t end until almost 3 months later, on April 1st. I’ll be posting a couple more anniversaries like this, because it’s important to me that I don’t forget.

So. A year ago. It’s so odd. I sit here in my bedroom right now, typing this, and I vividly remember collapsing on the floor *right there*, just a few feet away, in the doorway to our bedroom bathroom. Scared the hell out of our teenagers. What a difference a year makes.

So much stuff to celebrate today. I’m feeling MUCH better than I was then. I’m back to work now, spending a lot of quality family time, working on several projects I love.

In a couple of weeks, in fact, we open The Best Brothers at Williamston Theatre, which I’m in! I haven’t talked about it here, but it’s a fabulous script, and I’m thrilled to be in it with my pal John Lepard, being directed by the wonderful Lynn Lammers. Because of my health I was a little unsure of taking it on, but I’ve been blessed with a good recovery (among other things!), and the process has been terrific.

Here are some pictures from yesterday at rehearsal:

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Today was a great day to celebrate being alive! I got to go out to breakfast with my wife and kids, did some script work to prep for rehearsal tomorrow, recorded a podcast, and relaxed. A fantastic day.

So, on an odd anniversary, let me take a minute to say a couple of things: First, thanks for reading this. Second, take a minute to think about a handful of things you’re thankful for. Some of those, I expect, will be the people in your life. Remember to tell them. Don’t wait. Tell them.

And celebrate everything!

11 thoughts on “An Odd Anniversary

  1. Angel Young January 19, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    U rock Tony!!!

    thank you for sharing your odd anniversary!!!

    Angel

  2. Wendy January 19, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    Celebrating over two decades of Tony Caselli in my life, that’s what I’m celebrating, and many other people and things, too, but for now – celebrating a new year ahead for you.

  3. Bil Arons January 20, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Awesome post, Tony, and great advice. Thanks

  4. Tony Caselli January 20, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Thank you, Angel! YOU rock!

  5. Tony Caselli January 20, 2015 / 9:05 am

    Bill! Hey, thanks for reading. Loved your post about growing up and soccer!

  6. Tony Caselli January 20, 2015 / 9:07 am

    Wendy, you’re the best! Thanks for being you.

  7. Ken Faulk January 20, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Tony, you are an inspiration and a blessing to everyone who’s lucky enough to meet you!

  8. Chris January 20, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Tony….So glad for your continued recovery, seeing you last June was awesome. Love that you’re performing!!!!!

  9. Barb January 20, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Can’t even begin to tell you how happy this post makes me – for you and your family! When I work with families who are camped out in the ICU for months, I try to keep your success at the front of my thoughts and heart so that I can remember that miracles do happen and long term stays don’t always end in tragedy.
    Huge hugs – you will always be the kid apprentice SM in my mind!

  10. Tony Caselli January 21, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Aw, thanks so much Barb. Those families are lucky to have you and, I can tell you, they appreciate it!!

  11. Martha January 21, 2015 / 11:36 am

    Thank you Tony for being such a positive force in life. You embody a spirit of fight that I hold on to each and every day of my fight. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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