Several realizations hit me over the last couple of days, but I have to warn you, this may be a very “stream of consciousness” type post.
Last week, I got an Email from the woman in charge of organizing a blood drive where I work. Before April 2008, I prided myself in giving blood at least 4 times a year. I checked last week and found out that I am still not eligible to donate (because it’s been less than a year since I stopped my treatment) and may never be an acceptable candidate. That makes me sad.
I mentioned on my Facebook account that the family and I went down to Florida this past weekend to celebrate Rosh Hashahnah (Jewish New Year) with my step mom. Actually, we took the opportunity to visit with MaryBeth’s grandmother (Peggy) who lives (relatively) near my step mom. Peggy was not doing so well a month ago, but she seems to have perked up more recently. It was a good visit. As an added bonus, MaryBeth’s mother and aunts were down for their regulalry scheduled “Sister’s weekend.” So the kids got to visit with their great grandmother and their grandmother. In fact, we were able to take a pictures of 4 generations of Doddridge women (the picture will be posted as soon as it gets Emailed to me).
I am not sure how I got on the topic, but I came to the realization this weekend that I had never really considered the possibility of making it to age 45. I can’t say that I’m ready to plan a trip 2 years in the future, but I think I had a passing thought that I could be here in 2011.
Lastly, I was moved by a comment I received from a woman named Jeane. It appears that Jeanne’s husband, Roger Wagowitz has put together a celebrity golf tournament and auction to raise awareness for pancreas cancer. They have a website set up, so please go check it out. Last year, Roger was able to raise $400k for the cause and they are hoping to top that number this year.
Apparently, Jeanne did a search for pancreas and star trek and found my blog (remember my post about Randy’s on-screen presence in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie. Anywho, apparently Jai, Randy’s wife, has donated to the auction the actual uniform Randy wore in the movie. Jeanne asked if I had any good idea how to advertise this great donation to the widest audience (essentially to get the largest donations possible). Let me know if you have any ideas that I can share with Jeanne and Roger.
I just finished up with a really hectic couple of weeks at work and there is some other stuff that I’m dealing with outside of work. If you are so inclined, happy thoughts and prayers directed toward MaryBeth and Me would be appreciated.
Until next time….