Everett Murphy has faced a difficult journey since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer, back in 2016. “It’s been rough,” he admits in recounting his long list of treatments, including a stem cell transplant and two types of chemotherapy. And though he currently is undergoing weekly treatments for a recurrence of cancer, Everett is grateful he’s beaten the odds so far.
“I’m thankful I’m still alive,” says the 74-year-old Baptist Health patient. In recounting all he has to be grateful for, he begins with the little things: still being able to mow his lawn, helping neighbors with odd jobs, fishing on his bass boat.
“I thank God every day for every day I get,” says Everett, adding that prayer has lightened the load during tough times. “I’d hate to think I’d have to go through this and not have anybody to talk to during this time of need.”
But most of all, he’s grateful for the love of family, including a “wonderful wife” who takes care of him, and his 14-year-old grandson. “I spend as much time as I can with him,” says Everett, who is teaching his grandson how to fish — and “thanking God every day” for the opportunity to do so.
I thank God every day for every day I get.