Dear Mr. & Mrs. Cronin, I wanted to take this time to tell you that you raised an amazing son. I've recently had the opportunity to see Rich's Howard Stern interview and VH1 Mission: Man Band clips on YouTube. It's been a long time since I smiled and laughed so hard. Your son truly was a joy and had the greatest sense of humor. I've read and heard some comments from people that your son represented the city of Boston well. Hands down, I think Rich Cronin was the BEST representative of Boston and probably the most charming guy to come from the state of Massachusetts. To Rich's siblings - What a riot it must have been to have had such a hilarious, fun, talented, and strong brother. You were truly blessed to have had him in your life. I think any individual who had Rich as his/her sibling, son, friend, co-worker, etc. were blessed.
I also think that Rich had A LOT of talent. He was a great singer, songwriter, performer, and comedian. But most importantly, he had a genuinely good heart and soul. I liked Rich from the LFO days, and I feel that his songwriting skills got better as he got older. I can totally relate to the lyrics of his song, "It Only Gets Better." It tears me up every time I listen to it.
Not only was Rich a nice, funny, and madly talented guy, but I admire him for battling leukemia as long as he did. I truly have compassion and empathy for Rich - because I've been battling TMJ, a chronic health problem since 1993, the age of 19, after an oral surgeon dislocated my jaw after wisdom tooth surgery. If you do the research, TMJ only gets worse over the years, and last year it took a turn for the worse, which resulted in me having RSD, etc. I had surgery this year in Florida, which honestly scared me, and it's been a battle each and every day to deal with all of this. I totally relate to Rich in terms of the mind and heart being strong, but the body is not cooperating with the fighting spirit of the mind and heart. My mind and heart are still strong, but the body is STILL not cooperating. So, in a way, I can understand some of the struggles Rich went through.
For the longest time I was stoic and kept my health problems to myself. Truthfully, a lot of doctors and health practitioners told me that they couldn't believe that I dealt with all of this with no painkillers at all. I only used my mental willpower to deal with my TMJ, and only used Advil every now and then. But everything changed when an incident happened last year. And this year, I decided to not be quiet anymore. I guess there was a reason why I was chosen to have the stuff that I have, just like in a way, Rich was chosen to go through what he did. I think I understand some of the thought processes that went through Rich's mind: Why me? What in the world is happening to me? It's like one day you're perfectly healthy and have all these plans for the future, then the next day, something bad happens, and your plans and life path get rearranged. Your goals and wants in life change. And this usually happens to the good people. And Rich Cronin was one of them.
I donated some money to the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation and bought his CDs. I'll donate some more money in the future for Rich. Each month, I make it a point to donate to at least five different organizations for various causes and health issues. I agree with Rich when he said that the simple things in life are what matters most. And that all he wants is to be healthy. Those are the same things that I want. Money, material things, and fame don't matter. The best gift in the world is to have good health - then you have and can do anything with good health. I totally agree with Rich Cronin and his philosophy on life.
It's a shame that I never got to meet Rich in person. It sincerely would have been an honor to have met him because I honestly believe that we had many things in common to talk about. There's nothing like health problems to make someone humble. I've read many comments saying it's sad that Rich died young. I get that comment a lot as well, "You're too young to be dealing with all these health issues." Well, bad things happen to people and it doesn't discriminate in terms of age. You have to look at the health history of someone, and see how long he or she has battled the health condition. My cousin died at the age of 37 this past summer in Thailand, my age. Yes, it's sad that Rich and my cousin died. Really. But at the same time, Rich and my cousin are no longer suffering in physical pain. Truthfully, out of all the "cousins" I had, she was probably the one I related to the most, and her death devastated me.
Anyways, I'm sorry that Rich had to go through all that he did. And I'm sorry for the long post. Yes, Rich's character, personality, talent, and fight with leukemia have impressed me so much that I have publicly posted on the Internet for the first time in a long time, except for online petitions, which I honestly rarely do these days because of my current health battles. Yes, I felt that strongly compelled to write a message for Rich and to the Cronin family. I want to repeat and emphasize to you that you truly won the lottery by having Rich Cronin in your life. Cherish and remember all the times you had with him,and hold those memories close to your heart. Again, I wish I met Rich in person, but it's good to know that he existed on this Earth. Good men with truly good hearts are hard to come by these days.
God Bless, Lalita :)