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Mar282011

Happy Birthday!

Today is my youngest daughter, Emma's birthday. She is now a fresh 11 year old (she snickers when I say this). It's a special day, because she gets to spend time with me at work, instead of going to school. In our hectic life together, this is a real treat for both of us!

Birthdays take on a whole new meaning for cancer survivors. It's rare to find a cancer survivor complaining that they're a year older. It's like a runner complaining that they didn't run long enough at the end of a marathon, or vacationers at a beach resort saying they need another week of rain........It truly is a time to be grateful. And the list of things to be grateful for grows quite a bit from year to year.

There is rarely a day that goes by that I am not thankful for my three girls. They have brought so much meaning to my life. Today is no exception. As a mother it is wonderful to see your child grow up........share their successes with them....and give them a shoulder to cry on. For a cancer survivor regular life takes on a new meaning. The small things that your children do for you, like my daughter, Alexandra, who will give me a back rub before I go to sleep, or Emma who will get up on the weekend, make breakfast, and deliver it to me in bed, take on a special meaning. Sometimes it's the text message that I receive almost everyday from my daughter, Stephanie, while she's on lunch break that lights up my life.

Today is no exception. A mother always thinks back to the day her child is born on their birthday. You remember the ride to the hospital, and the details of the hospital room you were in. You recall every moment of their birth.

Today I celebrate Emma's birthday as if it were my own. I celebrate the fact I am still here to live through the accomplishments, the joys and the heartbreaks that make up her daily life. I look forward to many more loved ones' birthdays. Each of them give me a reason to be thankful, and to continue my contribution towards making the lives of cancer survivors, and their familes, happier and more positive.

 

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Happy Birthday to the little president! and Happy birthing day to her mum! :-)) For sure our children are something to be very grateful for. I like your analagies, Andrea!... you are tying it all together.. Beautiful.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

happy birthday emma :) i was crying when reading this, because it shows how much you appreciate the litte things we do for you. I appreciate the things you do for us and love you for them. I'm happy your here to celebrate with us and to share all of your wise information with us. It's not easy being you i know that now, and these little things we do are just to make you feel relaxed and happy.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzaz

happy birthday emma :) i was crying when reading this, because it shows how much you appreciate the litte things we do for you. I appreciate the things you do for us and love you for them. I'm happy your here to celebrate with us and to share all of your wise information with us. It's not easy being you i know that now, and these little things we do are just to make you feel relaxed and happy.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzaz

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