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December14

Your being on this particular email distribution indicates you have been tracking our family through Joanne’s fight with breast cancer. Your unwavering love and support has been terrific, and our gratitude has no measure.

Its been five weeks this very day since Joanne had the double mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries. As many of you know or can surmise, we were extremely fortunate having both procedures accomplished on the same table. It was a very long day, but both surgeons were outright triumphant when they found me in the recovery waiting room. Our primary surgeon was evidently VERY aggressive with surrounding tissue, but only took five nodes for testing. With all that, she was confident she accomplished our objective. I then managed to break protocol and snuck into the corridor that led from the surgical theater, so I was able to greet a decidedly dazed Joanne almost straight away. I had not relished holding her hand more since the day she agreed to go on a first date with me, and the moment she accepted my proposal of marriage, and when we brought our children into this world.

Over Thanksgiving, Audra, the Godmother of our daughters (her daughter, our God daughter, is a sophomore at Emory University, here in Atlanta) came out for a week, traveling from New Hampshire, and cooked a magnificent celebratory dinner. Terrific food and family. That week we received word that Joanne’s pathology report is clear. Joanne and Audra visited with both the surgeon and oncologist for follow-up reports where they confirmed the pathology. By God, it was one of the sweetest weeks of my life.

We are looking great and can now officially focus on healing. Joanne is still quite sore with limited range-of-motion. So, we begin therapy soon. She’s a bit self-conscious over her hair. I think she is lovely with a well-shaped head and the whole affect makes her gorgeous big brown eyes pop. But, its not looking good for the Christmas party circuit this year. NOTE: Many of you will be relieved that as Joanne’s hair began to grow back, I finally cut my own. It was shoulder length and shaggy. However, the stand and effort were made with good affect. I’ll also add that forty of my buddies also finally shaved – to the collective and immense relief of their own spouses.

More good news is that our oldest daughter Haley Anne has been accepted to Alabama. Roll Tide! The only thing that might stop her is an offer letter from Ole Miss. In addition to that, I’ve been accepted into Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a double Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction and Master of Science in Enterprise Transformation. These will set-the-stage for the pursuit of my PhD in Technology Transformation (and, hopefully teaching in my fourth season of life).

These are important milestones and signals that life is circling back around and reminding us that we must needs continue to be grateful at every turn, and prepared to give back to anyone that we can. A fascinating aspect of this ordeal is the community of cancer. Joanne has been befriended by numerous other women that have muscled through similar fights. Now, in-turn, she often finds herself supporting others. Along the way we have both forged meaningful friendships and relationships with a host of people that we might have never known but for the ordeal. Blessings come wrapped in the oddest form of package.

Merry Christmas. Happy Holiday. And, Happy New Year.

– Brian Patrick Cork

why I will always be an Entrepreneur, Story #14

May29

Brian Patrick Cork I love this story. it resonates with me. back in 1990 I was a badly injured professional SoCal triathlete living-out of my car with my dog Alex, trying to rehab myself at a local gym. I was working three jobs trying to raise money to start my own investment fund. I showered and operated out of the gym and the cafe. it was there I met my mentor David Sugarman and also my wife, Joanne.

Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant’s Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.I am relentless in my quest for being the Solution.
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peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
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brian patrick cork

Rowdy and that “Grizzly Bag”

April29

many of you have followed my stories regarding Rowdy the world famous Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Joanne captured this video using her iPhone 3Gs. Rowdy is suspicious of a bag that clearly isn’t supposed to be there. We discover that it is likely of the evil “Grizzly Bag” variety.

Thusly Rowdy’s treasured person, Joanne, is defended and rescued.

meanwhile…

I evidently married smart. but, that proverbial apple does not fall far from the tree (as you know, I love technology, and new toys).

Joanne:

“why do I need a new iPhone? this one works great”.

then, there is my daughter, whom may be more like me.

Haley Anne:

“Daddy, I neeeeed a new iPhone. mine got scratchy”.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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