It’s officially been three weeks since I’ve had (diet) soda — I only specify because diet is the only kind I ever drank. Anyway, it’s been 21 days, three weeks, a long freaking caffeine-free time, since I’ve had a sip of it-who-should-not-be-named, and I think I am broken of the habit. (Hooray). I…
Sam, thanks for posting this and leading me to the article.
I always said, Diet Coke gave my Mom Leukemia.
She drank about 2-4 cans a day, sometimes more. She thought I was crazy when she was in the hospital and I said it over and over again.
Even while in the hospital, people would bring her Diet Coke. I’d go in the fridge in her room and there they were. ”Who brought these to you?” I’d ask like she did when she found something in my room that I shouldn’t have had. (This isn’t about me, so I won’t go into the details.)
But she would just say she didn’t know they were there, or they were for the guests and then I’d pour them down the drain.
Today is officially my one year anniversary of being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. It’s been a really long and anatomically informative year. I made a video to share my story and message with anyone who is interested. I would love it if you checked it out, and feel free to share if you’d like.
This is my friend Sam. She inspires me to keep this going. When my own family doesn’t give me the support I need, I think of everything she has gone through and still is going through and yet her drive to raise money to help others keeps me fighting on.
We will be celebrating what would have been Theresa’s 58th birthday on Sunday September 2 with a bike ride on the Wildwood Boardwalk. We will meet at 8:30 am at the Wildwood sign at Rio Grand Ave and the Boardwalk and ride from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
I just found out that not only does the Orange Ribbon signify Leukemia Awareness, it is also for MS Awareness (which my cousin’s husband has) Motorcycle Safety Awareness (which I obviously believe in) and some other great causes. I’m proud to sport my Orange Ribbons for any of these causes.
I have always sucked at Mother’s Day presents for my Mom. I never knew what to get her. What do you get a woman that loves to shop and always bought whatever she wanted, sometimes she would buy two of them.
Last year, my wife picked out two gifts for the boys to give their Grandmothers for Mother’s Day. All of us worked on it together, for my Mom it was a sign with stickers and decore that said Mammom’s Beach House. For her Mom it was the same but said Nannie’s Garden. We needed to make them, paint them, seal them.
So basically, my Mom got her’s in August. The week before she got sick. My mother-in-law’s is still in our back room.
So of course, this year Mother’s day will be tough for me. I know it will. But guess what? Friday night I found the perfect gift for my Mom. I think I will still buy it, maybe put it down the shore. It may seem silly that I buy a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom this year, but I feel the need too. I can’t explain it, but I feel like I finally found the PERFECT gift for her, I should get it.
It’s a flower stand that is a bicycle. My Mom loved riding her bike, it’s what she was all about. I would love to put it at her grave, but I fear theft or damage.
Instead of getting tattoo’s this year, I’m going to give blood every 2 months in honor of my Mom.
Because PA is one of the states that does not regulate it’s tattoo shops, you have to wait one year before you can give blood.
It does not make sense to me when my guy’s tattoo shop is as clean as a surgical center I have to wait, yet I can go on the Wildwood Boardwalk and get a tattoo in the equivelent of a trailer with a nasty floor and the Red Cross will let me give blood the next day.
Is 6 months since you’ve been gone. It does not hurt any less, but I can at least be happy about the accomplishments I’ve made so far in your honor. There is so much more work to be done, and I feel like I can do it all. Miss you, Mom.
I felt like an ass checking this out of the local library, but now I feel so smart since I’ve started reading it. It simplifies all of that IRS Government talk. I may actually have to buy it since I want to highlite and use post-it’s all through it.
Did you ever read one of those “for Dummies” books? Going to have to check out some more. I wonder if they have “Work for Dummies”?
Is dedicated to my Mom, Theresa Staley Wood, who lost her brief battle with Leukemia. She was diagnosed with Type AML on August 19, 2011 and died at the Hospital of the University of Penn on September 19, 2011.
Since learning of Theresa’s Leukemia, I formed the Fighting 4 Theresa Team to help raise Leukemia awareness. Our team participated in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Philadelphia Light the Night Walk on October 22, 2011, just 6 weeks after Theresa’s death. We raised over $11,500.00 for the cause. We also were one of the largest groups participating in the walk with about 145 people wearing our T-shirts and carrying a gold balloon in Mom’s memory.