Mike has been asked many times by friends and family if he ever wanted to just give up when he was battling cancer. The answer was always no. He had a six-month-old grandson he wanted to be able to take to the park, play catch with and watch grow up. And he had not yet walked his daughter down the aisle. Now, everything has changed. In December of 2017 he proudly stood beside his daughter on the day she got married, and he has three terrific grandsons to spoil and love.
So, no, giving up wasn’t an option. However, he does understand why someone would want to quit. The pain associated with cancer could make anyone want to give up, and that’s why it’s so important to find a reason to live and to hold onto that reason for dear life. Mike’s reason to keep fighting was his faith that God had more in mind for him to accomplish. He had faith in his doctors and believed that they knew what steps and treatments to take to get him well. He knew he had to have a positive attitude because of what he had read about stress. For Mike, it was all about learning how to stop thinking about how stressed he was and remember how blessed he was instead. Mike will tell you; “You either ride life or it rides you. It’s your choice to see which one the rider is, and which one is the horse!”
After working in the Professional sales world and Healthcare industry for 40+ years, it was easy for him to find a new mission in life. His new goal is to raise awareness for cancer prevention, educate people about the need for early detection and reducing stress, and to raise funds for cancer research. He wants to see a cure for juvenile cancer in his lifetime!
About Mike Coy
Mike lives in Austin, Texas and serves as a Senior Benefits Consultant in Central Texas with Aflac. He is recognized as one of the leading healthcare gurus in the nation and is a much sought after keynote speaker, with topics ranging from Aflac’s solutions to Heath Care Reform and Employee Benefits to personal stories about succeeding in business and in life. He firmly believes that not including Aflac in your employee choices of health care is a huge mistake in today’s very confusing health care marketplace and will gladly explain WHY.
Mike is an honest man who puts his money where his mouth is, personally donating funds to the Aflac Children’s Cancer Hospital throughout his tenure with the organization. Since 1995, Aflac has raised and donated more than $110 million to fund cancer research. Much of Aflac’s support comes from its independent sales agents, such as Mike, who contribute donations from their monthly commission checks, as well as Aflac employees who contribute each month through payroll deductions. And it is making a difference. Leukemia is the biggest killer of children. Fifteen years ago the survival rate was a mere 36%, today the survival rate is 80%. But no one will be satisfied until there is a 100% survival rate for these young kids.
Mike’s Inspiration for Cancer Research Fundraising
Mike’s inspiration comes from the Jerry Lewis telethons, which raised billions of dollars to fund research for a cure to Muscular Dystrophy. He used his celebrity to help others, even though he didn’t have to. Mike may not be a celebrity, except in his own mind, but he has been through cancer, survived it, and wants to give back to find a cure. He is providing multiple ways for you to join him on his journey of raising funds for cancer research… buy his inspirational books and Aflac branded products, join him at entertaining live events, and hire him to speak to your organization.
Mike’s Motivational Books
Mike’s first book, “Incredible Business” was a labor of love and a great co-author collaboration on how building relationships and gaining referrals beats cold-calling all day long.
His second book, “I Chose…Live” recounts his battle with Cancer & how he is winning the war. He raises awareness for Cancer prevention and early detection; discusses modern advances in Cancer research and treatment; and reminds the reader to keep smiling no matter how much “life’s challenges” come their way.
In his newest book, “A Random Act of Kindness”, Mike speaks to how simple gestures might help change a life plus it just might save a life. It is a much-anticipated new release and is due out this Spring, 2018.
Life Is about Choices
I Chose … Live
How I Learned to Cope When Faced with the Stress of Cancer
I’ve been asked many times by friends and family if I ever wanted to just give up when I was battling cancer. The answer is no. I had a six-month-old grandson, and I wanted to be able to take him to the park. I wanted to be able to play catch with him and watch him grow up. No, giving up wasn’t an option for me. However, I do understand why someone would quit.
It is hard to explain to someone who has not gone through cancer why some people fight (sometimes to the death) and why some people give up (sometimes immediately) – why some win and some lose in the battle. The pain associated with cancer could make anyone want to give up, and that’s why it’s so important to find a reason to live and to hold onto that reason for dear life.
Cancer destroys your whole body, and you have to keep your mind strong because if that goes, everything goes. My reason to keep fighting was my faith that God had more in mind for me to accomplish, as well as my desire to see my grandsons grow up. I had faith in my doctors and believed that they knew what steps to take and what treatments would get me well. I knew I had to have a positive attitude because of what I read about stress. For me, it was all about focusing on how to stop thinking about how stressed I was and remember how blessed I was instead.
Sitting out on my balcony in Chattanooga, TN, watching it snow, watching the Tennessee River flow below me, seeing the kids play and lovers walk hand in hand meant so much to me during some really tough times. But my tough times were physical. I was not going to allow them to be mental too.
Life is about choices – decisions we must make every hour of every day. In some cases, it’s all about culture change, which is not easy to do. But in many cases, it’s the only thing to do. I had to figure out why there was so much stress in my life. I had to figure out where my stress was coming from. Then I had to figure out what to do about it.
I can think back on a day when everything was going south – a tough day at work, an appointment that did not work out the way I expected it to work out, and then going home and taking it out on my (then) wife. But the point I am trying to make is that you need to find what is causing the stress in your life and figure out what you are going to do to fix it. It might be holding your grandbaby in your arms. It might be stopping at Dairy Queen one afternoon and picking up your favorite ice cream. Or it might be spending some time alone and thanking God for all your blessings. I know that works for me. Try it. It just might work for you too.
Finding the cause and taking steps toward relief are both important factors in stress management and can greatly aid in the fight against cancer. For anyone facing the trials and tribulations of this world, try to stop focusing on how lousy life can be and remember how blessed each and every one of us truly is.
As I said, life is about choices – decisions we make that can be good for us or maybe not so good for us. And if I can reach out to just one person with my words, then all of this has been worth it.
Today is all we’ve got. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is never promised. The canvas we paint can be a blessing or a curse. I hope you value your life and the people in it enough to get checked regularly and remain healthy. Stop to embrace this opportunity we call life. Remember to thank the loved ones who get you through the tough times. Enjoy the good times. Remember that, even if you have cancer, cancer doesn’t have you. And, when life throws you a curveball, my prayer is that you’ll knock it out of the park and proudly proclaim, “I chose … live.”