So I have to admit upfront that I have been putting off writing this entry for awhile for the last month has been the most difficult month of my life by far.
For those who do not me well, on September 19th my father passed away. For the past two years my Dad, Herman Curry, had not been in the best health condition. In the last 8 years he suffered two heart attacks and a stroke which made his heart very weak. It was killing me to see the man who I thought was the strongest person I have ever seen struggle so much. Just the simplest things such as walking up the stairs or carrying bags would severely fatigue him. But nonetheless my father fought his hardest all the way up his final breath. This entry is dedicated to him.
I first got the news my Dad was in the hospital on Thursday, September 18th. I had just talked to him the night before and said his check up went well on Tuesday. My brothers went to go get him for lunch and found him unconscious on the bathroom floor and rushed him to the hospital. I thought he would be fine just like all the other times he had to go to the hospital in the past years. However, things quickly changed. His condition continued to worsen and then his vital organs started failing him. He went from having a 50/50 chance to making it through the night to not even making it till midnight. With the help of my agent Gerrit Kersten-Thiele and the SPM Shoeters organization I was able to get a flight scheduled on Saturday with the hopes of making it in time. He went into cardiac arrest around 11 pm and they were not able to revive him. His heart was too weak. But he fought until the end.
I cannot put into words the feelings I felt once I received the news nor can I really explain the feelings I am having still to this day. Only people who have lost a family member or significant other can understand, for the feelings are that overwhelming.
My Dad is the single biggest reason I am the man I am today. He taught me ABSOLUTELY everything about sports and what it means to be a man. My work ethic, my drive, my compassion for people, my humbleness and almost every single one of my good characteristics I owe to him teaching me along with my Mom. My Dad was my role model, my hero. He taught me all 4 sports I played (basketball, baseball, football, and bowling) and I was very good in every single one. He pushed me to be the best I could be in everything I did; sports, school, life. I was a "straight A" student who got into Harvard and excelled on and off the court because of what he taught me. He was my biggest fan and my biggest critic.
I could always count on him to be straight up honest with me on anything. Most importantly he taught me how to be man and a father. Even when my parents got a divorce he made sure he was always in contact and did what ever he could to help us out. If he only had $2 in his pocket he wouldn't even think twice about giving it to one of us if he needed it. My Dad made a lot of mistakes in life he told us about and said he was going to make sure none of his kids made the same ones because "there was only one dummy in the family and that was him". My Dad was the perfect Dad to me and I am forever grateful for everything he has ever done for me. I am my father's child and if you ever want to know what he was like just look at me because I embody everything he ever taught me.
I love you always Dad and I will see you again.
As tough as it is to deal with my Dad's loss I am happy that he no longer has to suffer. God has called him home to his rightful place. Thanks to my faith in God, amazing family, friends, Harvard community and my fantastic girlfriend Christina, I have been able to remain strong and be there for my family. I cannot thank everyone enough for all the support I have gotten. I was flooded with emails, texts, Facebook messages, phone calls, Tweets, and Instagram posts that helped me tremendously. All the bible verses and kind words were just what I needed to hear. I also need to thank my Scorer's 1st agent, Gerrit Kersten-Thiele and the SPM Shoeters organization for working so quickly for me to help me get home and back. I know being a professional means you are in a business and sometimes personal matters get pushed to the side but they all were tremendously helpful and compassionate so I am very grateful for that. To make matters a little worse upon my return after a week off, two 10 hour plane rides, and two 10 hour drives from New Jersey to North Carolina and back to New Jersey, I pulled my groin my first practice back on October 1st. It it still healing and they think I may be able to play November 1st. It has been very tough to sit out again after having to deal with my achilles injury that made me miss nine games for Harvard last year. So just keep praying for me!
Despite all that I am still living the dream and cannot be more happy to be where I am today. I am so blessed to be able to be doing what I love as a living and no matter what nothing can get me down! My Dad is above watching me so I really have nothing to worry about now.
Just have to let God do this thing.
Until next time folks.
Brandyn Curry played his college basketball at Harvard University and will be chronicling his first season in Holland with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch. For more information on Brandyn Curry visit his player profile page here.
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