gratitude-a-thon day 873: a big heart


Here’s Steve and his super gorgeous family.

My husband’s college friend Steven (who is also my friend) was being defrosted last night. Two days ago he had a massive heart attack and was put into an induced coma, which means you’re sedated and kept at very low body temperatures. In Steven’s case this was so that his heart could get all the body’s attention and heal.

Steve did have some chest pain the previous day, which took him to the hospital, where they found he had a tear in his esophagus. Because of this finding, they apparently did not pursue the idea that he might have a heart issue. He was given antibiotics and sent home. I can’t even.

Steven with superstar swimmer, Diana Nyad.
On Nyad’s boat.

Did I mention that he’s only 53 and the fittest person I know?

Steven is just one of those people who is not just nice, but good. He is exceptionally kind, and like, REALLY the hardest worker I know. When my son got into USC, Peter called Steven to tell him that he’d be out there (because he lives in Huntington Beach) and Steven said he was on his way to Boston, so he’d come see us. He works on a Japanese exercise technology called Kaatsu, and he was coming to do some work with his old swim coach at Harvard. Anyway, Peter has an auto immune arthritis, and when he has a flare, it’s not pretty, and he was in one when Steven saw him, and just like that he was in my kitchen doing Kaatsu on Peter with a Japanese trainer, and an interpreter for three months, allowing my husband to build muscle, even though his elbow is completely gone. He just made time for Peter, even though he didn’t have that time. He did it because Peter is his friend. Simple as that.

Team Kaatsu at the NFL Combine (Steve is all the way to the right, next to Jake, my son.)

Then he got Peter involved in the company, my son did an internship with him and became a trainer, and he’s always texting all of us letting us know what’s up with Kaatsu, that this or that hip celebrity, or sports figure has now bought into the technology. We always have a good laugh together. He’s the kind of person who makes the word enthusiastic look dull.

He flies all over the world for Kaatsu. And of course, I’m not even talking about the fact that he helped bring  Open Water Swimming to the Olympics, and writes about it, not to mention, does it. He was on many of Diana Nyad’s boats when she was attempting her swims to Cuba. He’s a super big deal in the world of swimming. Oh yeah, and he has four of the greatest kids, and a pretty wonderful wife, too. Yeah, he’s just one of those inspiring and wildly positive people who you just wish there were more of.

The other day he went to see Facebook to talk about Kaatsu. He texted me this: Facebook says “If you can dream it, you can do it.” The truth is that could be Steven’s motto. And so I know he will be ok, because that’s how this dude rolls.

My whole family has not stopped thinking about Steven for one minute since this heart attack happened. And we’ll continue to send prayers and healing light and love to him from the East Coast, because he needs us. In fact, it’s clear from Facebook, that people from literally all over the globe are praying for Steven. If you are so inclined, please keep this exceptional guy in your thoughts. Because this is the kind of person who makes the world better.


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