What would you do if you just lost your job, hadn’t achieved any of your dreams in life yet, and also received serious health news, all as your 40th birthday was approaching? Many people would probably just give up. When nothing seems to be going right, it can be easy to just stop caring about all the things that are good and focus on only the bad.
But Darius Stevens is one man who proves that giving up should never be an option. When you’re at your lowest point in life, the only direction you can travel is up!
Click through to see Darius’s journey and find out if he was able to pull himself from his slump!
#12 Darius Stevens Is A Loving Father
Darius Stevens is a loving father who lives in California. He works in the movie industry and has always had a passion for writing. He dreamt of one day selling a script or novel and achieving fame and fortune through his talents. He has a beautiful wife and two daughters as his cheerleaders, but that might not be enough to help him achieve his goals…
#11 He Struggled With His Career
Darius’s 40th birthday was quickly approaching as was the feeling of failure. He had hoped by this point he would have at least had some form of successful media that he had a hand in creating. But alas, he had not, and to make matters even worse, he lost his steady job, leaving him unemployed and hopeless. But this wasn’t even the worst thing to happen to him yet.
#10 And Then Tragic News Hit
After getting some strange skin patches, Darius decided to head to the doctors to check his health. Unfortunately, he soon learned that he had rather serious skin cancer. This was not something he would be able to ignore. He had two children and a wife that he needed to be healthy for! But what Darius did next will shock you…
#9 He Tried To Hide It
He tried to hide his illness and pretend that it didn’t exist! Instead of treating his disease, he wanted to pretend everything was fine. But this was not something he could get away with. Soon, he received an urgent letter reminding him that if his disease went untreated, he would lose his life. His wife found the letter, and his secret was out. They both began scrambling to figure out how they would fix this.
#8 He Sent His Wife Away
During this stressful time, Darius decided to come up with a plan to show his supportive wife just how much he loved her. He decided to send her on a five-day trip to New York City as an early birthday gift. She always said just how much she wished she could visit the city. Darius actually had something else up his sleeve when he decided to send his wife away…
#7 He Embarked On A New Journey
He decided that he wanted to surprise his wife when she returned from the trip with a complete backyard makeover! Throughout all the stressful times, she was nothing but supportive. She stated she wished she had a place to workout while she watched the kids play, so Darius decided to make this dream come true as well!
#6 He Had The Help Of His Friends
Of course, the illness made it a bit difficult to complete such a large makeover project alone, so he had plenty of help from his friends. Many friends and family members donated wood or gave it to him as a birthday present. What his friends couldn’t find, he scavenged for through Craigslist. But they weren’t his only helpers…
#5 And The Love Of His Daughter
Darius also had the support of his daughters the entire time! They were more than willing to work with him in order to surprise their mom. They were pretty excited themselves to get a new place to play as well! With his daughters by his side, he worked through all the difficult bumps he ran into through his journey.
#4 It Wasn’t Easy, But It Was Worth It
Darius had big dreams and visions for this backyard, and from looking at his model plan, this wasn’t an easy project. He became obsessed with Pinterest and searched it thoroughly in order to get tips and helpful hints while remodeling! At one point, he even had to take up a side job of building someone else’s deck in order to make a little extra income! After all of this work, you’ll be shocked to see the final result…
#3 His Wife Was Stunned
When his wife returned, she was absolutely shocked to see the finished product! She couldn’t believe that her own loving husband was capable of putting such effort into the whole project all while he was sick! The deck was something she dreamed of and now she could live it! Although the backyard was great, what about everything else going on in Darius’s life?
#2 But What About The Cancer?
Darius still had skin cancer through all of this. But soon enough, it seems his problems were solving themselves. After his story went viral, a friend of a friend contacted Darius about his cancer. This friend happened to be a dermatologist and offered Darius charity treatment in order to help his cancer! Things were seemingly perfect, so how is the family now?
#1 They Are Finally Happy
As of January 2016, Darius is cancer free! Not only that, but he was also able to find himself a new full-time job! He’s still working on his own creative projects and hopes to one day be able to find success within the movie industry. But if we’ve learned anything about Darius’s story, one thing is for sure: he never gives up.
If you were in Darius’s situation, do you think you’d be able to continue? His job, financial situation and his health were deteriorating! The only thing he had left to give him hope was the love of his family. And they definitely proved that they were there for him throughout all of his rough patches.
In order to prove to them just how much he loved him, he poured a lot of time, money, and hard work into creating a project special to them, all while risking his health! If there’s anything to learn from Darius’s story, it’s that giving up is never an option.