Do You like Horses?

Do You like Horses?

Last week was my 56thbirthday and the outpouring of best wishes from family and friends near and far was humbling to my heart. Unbeknownst to most, my wife and I were called to Duke Hospital for unscheduled blood tests and a visit with my oncologist earlier in the week, July 3rd. The timing was eerily similar to five years ago, almost to the day, when I received a phone call from Duke telling me I had leukemia…

A Complete Response

A Complete Response

It has been a full nine months since I started my fourth type of chemotherapy drug. My last bone marrow biopsy was in December of last year and revealed nearly 50% of the marrow was leukemia ridden, which is not a good long-term prognosis, thus leading my team of oncologists wanted to see how much leukemia was remaining in my blood and bone marrow with this recently approved new treatment

July 17th

July 17th

My birthday just passed on July 5th. I am now a double nickel, 55 and counting! Truth be told, I love getting older and telling younger friends that each decade of my life has been better than the previous one. Who knows why, but I bet it has something to do with the wisdom one acquires with age...

Write the Fairy Tale First

Write the Fairy Tale First

Recently I was having breakfast with a friend at my favorite diner. We had a wonderful conversation about our families and how much we enjoy being dads. My friend was sharing how much he appreciated my book, THE QB MENTOR, and he commented on some of the amazing things that my son, Shawn, one of the two main characters in the book, had accomplished on the football field in high school.

UT OH

UT OH

It has been a challenging couple of months to end this summer for me as far as energy, focus, and activity goes.  Last Monday, I went to Duke oncology for my routine blood tests that track how active the leukemia cells are in my system.  It has been 22 months since I began the new “miracle drug” that has shown a strong ability to control the disease in patients with my diagnosis for up to two years.  ‘So far so good’ has been our motto.

Even Though vs Even If

Even Though vs Even If

Even though it may not end up that my leukemia is cured and I live happily ever after until I am 80 some years of age. Even though so many have prayed fervently for me and our family. Even if the chemistry fails. Is my faith still intact and strong enough to endure, and live and love exactly the same as I have been?

My Necklace

My Necklace

For those of you that know me, I wear a scapula, which is a medal in the shape of a cross that has four images of Jesus impression-ed into the sterling silver. I never take it off and it brings me great security. I don’t remember when I got it, but I can’t remember ever NOT having it and it not being around my neck. 

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Over the weekend, I had the chance to sponsor, along with All Pro Dad and Heart Of A Warrior/ZOWEH Ministries the private and free showing of Woodlawn to our Durham community at the Southpoint Mall Theatres. We sold out the first showing in 2 days, so we upgraded to a 200+ seat theatre for Thursday night, and then booked another showing primarily for the Durham Eagles Pop Warner football organization teams and the Wake County Cowboys to see the show on Sunday afternoon. Both showings were emotional for all in attendance; from coaches to parents, and from players to pastors, the message of love sunk in. 

On a Mission

On a Mission

I think that scottstankavage.com is part of my growth and effort to pay forward all the blessings I have received in my life that I could never pay back, and is my way of being “on kingdom mission”, which is about what we can do for others, and not living life focused just on ourselves.