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“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.”
– C.C. Scott



My sister and I managed to pull off a HUGE surprise this weekend. We showed up unannounced at my brother Caleb’s office to spend the weekend with him and Katie in Boston and participate / support him in his Race For the Cure 5k. He was the 3rd highest fundraiser – and got this vibrant pink cape to wear during the race as a reward. It was a beautiful weekend with blue skies, lobsta rolls and lots of laughs. Caleb had absolutely no idea (thanks Katie!) and it was so great to see him poop himself over and over while we indulged in clam chowda and cocktails.

We spent one day at the beach in Essex, too. Though cold, was fabulous.








I’m bracing for round 5 on Thursday. I got a cold a few weeks back that I’ve been unable to shake off. My immune system is not what it once was. I wore a mask on the airplane to and from Boston, to not add anymore damage to my already compromised self. I’m hopeful I’ll still have treatment this week, and my white blood cells aren’t too low for infusion.

I have a big day Wednesday – echocardiogram and blood work at Oak Park and then lunch with my cousin Heather and Shelly at her favorite Indian restaurant. Some fun dinner plans with my family and purple cocktails with Ocho in the evening. Happy 44 to me.

Belated thanks to my Aunt Nancy and the Gehrke clan. They sent a big box of beautiful oranges from sunny florida – which we’ve already inhaled. Included was a lovely handmade shawl, for warmth and love during my recovery.

My Aunt Heidi and Uncle Kevin sent birthday love.


Our longtime friends, the Mannings, sent a lovely note and dinner for the family while I’m recovering.


And my little neighbor Kalya’s YC class made me an unbelievable envelope of get well soon letters that are completely fantastic.


Will let you know how the echocardiogram goes on Wednesday. Cheers.

One Comment

  1. Janet

    How exciting that you were able to make the trip to Boston, what a great surprise!

    Hope tests go well this week along with trestment!

    Have a wonderful birthday Wednesday! Enjoy celebrating, you have a lot to celebrate for. Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness!

    Love ya! ❤ ❤

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