Albert Einstein once said that the only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once. When I think of everything I have been through over the past 5 years; two cancer diagnoses, countless hospitalizations and midnight trips to the emergency room, a dozen chemotherapy and steroid treatments, a bilateral hip replacement surgery, a hundred blood and platelet transfusions, a hundred bruised veins, two bouts of severe pneumonia, a course of hormone injections and an egg retrieval surgery, a seizure, an emergency brain surgery, a fractured sacrum, and dozens of other side effects of this prolonged treatment ranging from baldness to chronic nausea to temporary diabetes, I can start to understand what Einstein meant.
But just as terrible and challenging events must be spread out in order to survive them, so must wonderful and happy events present themselves over time in order to truly appreciate them; being loved and loving in return, feeling well, marrying your soul mate, watching your hair grow, openly valuing those you share your life with, feeling the sun on your face, laughing from a place you never knew existed, loving and cherishing your family, and knowing they are and will always be the most important thing you possess in life.
On September 27th, my sister Vasi will be running for the second time in the Hamptons Half-Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This time last year, I was still in Texas, anxiously awaiting my 100-days post-transplant mark, praying my blood counts would be in order and that I would be able to make it home in time to watch Vasi cross the finish line. I did make it home, with three days to spare. I weighed 98 pounds, was bald, weak, masked, and happier and more proud than I’d ever been.
This past year has shown me, yet again, that trying to accomplish everything in one day is not the goal. Take your time, live every moment, and trust that when you look back a year from now, you will be proud of all you have accomplished.
I know I am.
Please take a step in the right direction and visit Vasi’s page. Make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who fight to help cancer patients overcome the challenges they face every day.