Wednesday, June 15, 2011

5 and 50


April 28th I celebrated 5 years since my diagnosis and survivorship. Today I celebrate 50 years of life. I am really hoping that I signed up for an extended warranty!

A couple of years ago I had big ideas for today. I was dreaming about going to Italy to celebrate my daughter’s 18th and my 50th. We will not be going to Italy any time soon, but then I thought about where I was 5 years ago. How I was not even sure I would make it to 46. Fifty looked so distant. The American Cancer Society’s campaign for More Birthdays is such a great campaign. I just joined the movement! So many people dread 50. Cancer changed that for me. I am so grateful to be here today. I am grateful that I was here to see my daughter graduate from high school and turn 18. My hope is that I will be here to do the same for my son.

I am reading the book Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach…although I am currently experiencing a Not-So Simple Abundance Plan. Today will be simple. My favorite pastry in the morning. A walk around my favorite island. Then to one of my favorite places with two of my favorite people for the rest of the day. That is it. That is all I need. Of course another birthday or 30 would be great too!

3 comments:

Mary said...

Mary Beth, Happy, Happy Birthday to you. May the coming year be filled with abundance in every good way.

Grace and Peace

FAMEDS said...

Hi Mary Beth! Great to stumble on your blog! Congrats on being a survivor! Have you heard of FAMEDS? Freedom of Access to Medicines in the non-profit leading the effort for the FDA to continue to allow the drug Avastin for use by 17,500 women with Metastatic Breast Cancer who are surviving with it, though they want to pull it off market after the hearing on June 28th. Please sign & share the urgent petition: http://fameds.org/petition.php

Laura Catherine Otero said...

Your ideas for today sound wonderful. Happy birthday!

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