I was able to spend a wonderful Saturday evening with Mr. Garret Berge and this is what I came away with.
Garret, You could say has lived three lifetimes in his life of only 40 years! From a young age, he was met with struggle after struggle first being his weight. He was always a chunky kid growing up until his late 30’s. In his 20’s he struggled with mental health issues and his parents were told that he’d most likely never talk again. It took him several years to get a mental health diagnosis and the right medications but now today he’s back to speaking his way to great things.
He got married in July of 2005 to his wife Jill, they were only married for three months when Jill needed to have heart surgery. Faced with this challenging surgery Garret and Jill pressed on and Jill had her surgery. Unfortunately a month after the surgery Jill became ill and passed away in the hospital.
In December 2006 Garret married again his new wife Nicole. The first year of marriage was great but then things took a turn and Garret and Nicole divorced in 2009.
This is where some have said that it seems like Garret has lived more than one lifetime in a short 40 years. He’s had to deal with a lot of loss and health struggles yet he remains one of the most positive people I’ve met. The processes or the Journies he’s been through he acknowledges haven’t been fun or enjoyable but have helped mold him into the person he is today. He loves to encourage others to go after their passions and dreams and enjoys using laughter as a medicine to help heal not only himself but those with whom he comes into contact with.
Garret now Faces one of the biggest struggles of his life currently, he was diagnosed back in 2010 with an Auto-immune disorder called sarcoidosis which has just destroyed his kidneys. Garret is currently looking for a living kidney donor so that he can get back to living life and off dialysis treatments which he has 3 days a week for 4 hours a day. Even though he has these challenges he looks at his life as a blessing and wakes up daily asking himself how he can serve others today. Not only does he ask himself that, he goes out of his way to make people smile and laugh. He told me that if he can’t get a laugh out of everyone he comes in contact with he hasn’t done his job for the day.
It’s incredible to see a guy who’s struggles and life could be compared to Job from the bible and Garret takes it all in stride and shines positivity onto the world so that others can succeed in this life and be in harmony with him while living in the present.
My Saturday evening has been a blast,
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