For someone like me that works from home, Saturday and Sunday could be just like any other day. Except that my lovely wife and caregiver, Pattie, gets to take most weekends off from her job as and administrative assistant at a Davita Dialysis Clinic 40 minutes south of here. That’s why I often post later in the day on Saturday and Sunday. We get up late, walk the dog, maybe do some shopping. So to me, every weekend that we’re home together is like a holiday!
Today I will be working on the yard and helping to clean the house to help get ready for an Easter visit from Pattie’s family; they are all coming over for a mid-day Easter meal. Most of my family still lives in Illinois–all except for my sister that lives near Austin, Texas.
Families and friends shouldn’t need the excuse of a holiday to bring them together. But sometimes it helps.
March was multiple myeloma awareness month. Considering the way cancer has touched the lives of just about everyone over the age of ten, one wouldn’t think cancer awareness months would or should be necessary. But like holidays, if that’s what it takes to bring people together and help them focus on something important, that’s OK.
Now that the month has passed, it occurs to me that I didn’t post anything special announcing multiple myeloma awareness month. Check that. I did write something about it for Millennium Pharmaceutical’s new blog last week, New Spin on Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.
My takeaway message was this:
My myeloma continued to grow unchecked for years, leaving dozens of measurable holes in my bones that were growing larger by the day. I have often wondered how different my life would be–not if I had never developed cancer–but if someone had figured this thing out soon enough to have prevented the painful bone damage that I still live with today.
My recommendation is to focus myeloma awareness efforts on medical professionals that are in a position to make a real difference in a patient’s quality of life.
Here’s a link if you would like to read it:
I’m not going to write much more about it than that. The IMF did a wonderful job promoting it this year. Lord knows I didn’t forget about multiple myeloma last month, did you? Talk about singing to the choir!
Whether you celebrate Easter Sunday, Passover or this weekend has no special significance to you at all, I hope you enjoy your day today.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat