Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This Blog Is A Year Old

I started this blog a year ago.

October 20, 2014 to be exact.

It began as posts on Facebook on what I've learned since my massive stroke. I've written extensively on being a stroke survivor, how lucky I am. Believe you me, when I say lucky, I mean lucky.  I've said a ton of times that nine out of ten people who go through what I did, don't make it. The tenth person is the one writing this.

So, I began this discussing my new post stroke life. Regular exercise, different eating habits, the importance of caregivers in our lives. The fact that you have to be stubborn, pig-headed, with your will to move forward, and to never, ever, give up.

And then I met Emily Weathers Kennedy.

She was a Facebook friend of a real life friend of mine. Emily is a crackerjack writer and very smart. She reached out to me, we've become great friends, and she was the one who suggested I write about my days at CBS.

I did.

What started out as stroke advice, turned into my thoughts on Tony Bennett, Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, David Bowie, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Clintons, Joni Mitchell, George H.W. Bush, Quincy Jones and more.

I wrote about running with the Olympic Torch, being on Jeopardy, talking neckties with Joe DiMaggio, loving Jon Stewart, morning television, the great Ed Bradley, Garth Brooks, and a live guest who was so nervous she was in the car drinking Bloody Marys right before going on the air.

I've also written about my kids, my mother and father, my brother Kirk, my cousin David, cold weather in Florida, being a DJ on rock and roll radio, our dog Lola, and even mean comments on the internet.

Through it all I still wrote about things like National Stroke Month (that would be May) and being featured in a Harvard Medical School Special Health Report on stroke. I wrote about my BFF, Tony Colter's mother, who suffered a stroke, long before I even knew what one was, and how she helped in a big way with me understanding and overcoming mine.

I've always thought it important to write and say as much as possible about stroke.

I say the more you know, the more you know.

There are millions of stroke survivors out there who need inspiration and hope plus information to help them after they've had a stroke.


Writing about things from your vantage point is liberating.

I've written a book and it's like climbing Mount Everest. It's a chunk of time out of your life and it's about something.  A blog is about all kinds of things and it can be about whatever grabs you that day.

In a year, I've gotten over 100,000 page views. That's you, people. I thank you for reading what I write, I thank you for listening to what I have to say.

Here's to the next year.

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  1. I am awestruck. You wrote about me in the same essay with the likes of Denzel and Jon. You are an amazing man, Mark McEwen. You not only have the ability to bring out the humanity in icons but you also share yourself with ordinary folks who simply enjoy you (along with your goodness, your quick wit, and your intelligence). Thank you for the shout out. It means a great deal to me.

  2. Mark, you have inspired us(Sreeram and me) to believe there is life after stroke.