Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. I had my PET CT on Monday, and I will wait until next Tuesday for the results.
Right now, though, it is time for a celebration.
My 50th birthday is this Sunday, May 27, and that is as good a reason as any to celebrate. I would love to celebrate with you.
Since we can't all be in the same place, I have an idea for celebrating together.
You can join the party by doing one or both of these:
- When you wake up, consciously notice and express gratitude for something in your life. It can feel complicated or simple. It can feel small or big. You just need to notice and be grateful. If you can say it out loud, all the better!
- Do something kind for someone (you or someone else), with joy in your heart.
The party will start on May 27 and continue for 50 days (July 16 by my calculations). This means, do one or both of these things every day.
Of course, you can leave, and rejoin, at any time.
It might be fun if you want to post the things you are grateful for here, though I have no idea how complicated it is to do so.
Or just email to me and I will post them anonymously. Sending one-word, like, sunshine or dessert, is totally cool and perfect and may inspire others.
BUT WAIT - there is more! If you are the kind of person who likes to bring a party gift, I've thought about what that could be.
Every single day, I feel so lucky to reach the age that I am. Countless people would give anything to celebrate this milestone birthday, especially children who are diagnosed with cancer. I also think it is really important to help support each other when and where we can. You have taught me that - I couldn't have come this far without your support.
Combining these two sentiments, please consider a gift to the Back To School program at Dana Farber.
This program hit home for me because I know how hard it is for me, as an adult, to re-enter normal life after even brief treatments. I know how my children experience stress when they return to school after I had treatments, and the disconnect they experience between their reality and the reality of their friends.
There is certainly an adjustment period when a child re-enter normal life after being treated for cancer. Teachers, children and other families are not equipped to provide this kind of support to the child or family. But the Back To School program helps with this. You can read more about the program here.
So, if you would normally bring a gift to a party, consider directing your gift this way and send a check, made out to DFCI (or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) to
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445-7226
The memo should say Back to School Program.
Of course, there is never any obligation for a gift. I just hope you have fun with it.
So, that is it! I look forward to your joining the party.
Much love to you, and joy always.