When I was originally diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) I was told I would be lucky to live for three more years. Well that was sixteen years ago, so the joke is on them! I think my doctors don’t quite know what to do with me.
And when I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia I was given a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the next six months. Then I was told that only twenty-five percent of patients my age live for five years or more. That was two years ago and here I am still going strong!
During all of these “bonus years” I have seen my two sons and one daughter graduate from college, watch my two sons get married to wonderful women and now been here for the births of three awesome grandchildren.
We have had more than our share of tough times, but by sticking together we have managed to have many more fun times. You will notice the family similarities.
For those of us who are fighting through the tough times, our motivation is not to make more money or to become famous. It is to gain as many precious moments with our loved ones that we can squeeze out of the time given to us.
(from left: Anne, Nancy, Wyatt, me and Porter)
Talk about motivation! As I have said before, life doesn’t get much better than this.