49 by the numbers…

Chapter 39:

49 by the numbers…

4 states

In daylights, in sunsets

9 cities

In midnights, in cups of coffee

2 sisters

In inches, in miles

2 parents

In laughter, in strife

1 starter-marriage

Journeys to plan

1 real marriage

In truths that she learned

1 FIL, 1 MIL, 4 BIL, 2 SIL

Or in times that he cried

2 kids

In bridges he burned

18 jobs

Or the way that she died

6 dogs

It’s time now to sing out

2,548 weeks

Tho’ the story never ends

17,885 sunsets

Let’s celebrate

53,655 meals

Remember a year in the life of friends

25,754,400 minutes

How do you measure a year in the life

9,723,600 minutes happily married

How about love?

8,672,400 minutes as a mom

Measure in love

2,060,352,000 heartbeats

Seasons of love … Happy birthday to me!

Did you know?

Chapter 38: Did you know?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in neuroendocrine cancerland. We lost a supremely Arethatalented American with the passing of Aretha Franklin. And did you know that she succumbed to pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors aka pNETs? You can read the blog post from the American Cancer Society and from Aretha’s physician and the Healing NET Foundation if you’d like more info. While we hate losing anyone to this disease, it’s nice to see some accurate press about it. There have still been plenty of erroneous reports of pancreatic cancer, but all-in-all more accurate press this time. One of the biggest challenges of NETs cancer is folks being misdiagnosed for years, ultimately inciting more confusion about this uncommon cancer. There was a beautiful (and long) service celebrating Aretha’s life and talent just yesterday. It’s never easy seeing a light like hers go out. I know I am thankful for the gifts that she shared with us! RESPECT!

Speaking of loss, we also lost Senator John McCain this week. He gave us an amazing example of courage and generosity of spirit which I believe made an impact on our world. I probably did not agree with him on many political issues, but I definitely admired him for his service to America. He leaves a big hole in our political landscape, that is for sure. More respect!

I’m finally reading Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved) and it is blowing me away. She writes, “We are all floating on the ocean, holding on to our own innertubes. We’re all floating around, but people don’t seem to know that we’re all sinking. Some faster than others, but we’re all sinking.” I know this is true and I realize that most don’t really want to think about it or talk about it. But for me this has been the big lesson of our family’s journey roller coaster ride with neuroendocrine cancer. Right now we are floating along without any major holes in our tube, although obviously we are slowly sinking right along with everyone else. Fingers crossed that it will be awhile before we have to deal with too much water leaking in.

I hope you are floating into fall without too much sinking. Nice to know we are floating together, don’t you think?

Note: If this sounds vaguely familiar, I mentioned Kate before in this blog post from Feb. 2018.