In the comfort of our own bed and surroundings, and adjusting to eastern time after a long day, we slept in really late yesterday…it felt great to relax. When we finally got ourselves up and began digging through our pile of (e)mail collected over the weeks on the road, I was blown away by the response we have received from the blog. Especially with the story published in The Demacrat & Chronicle and Hardtales Magazine, and subsequently several other Gannett affiliated newspapers around the country, I am truly amazed at the overwhelming support that I have gotten in return. To receive such moving comments on the blog from others affected by cancer has touched me beyond words. More than ever I feel as though no matter what happens going forward I have a sense of happiness and completeness about my life.
Later in the evening we met up with Mom & Dad who treated us to dinner at Jasmine’s Restaurant in Webster. Shannon heard great things about their asian infused cuisine and has been interested in this place for a while. It was well worth the wait; we all had excellent meals and it was a great chance to sit down and talk with Mom and Dad over a quiet dinner.
Like a progressive dinner, we next headed home where we met up with several of our Ginna friends for drinks and desert. John, Emily, Dan, Ken, Scott, Laurie, and Bob all came over and we relived some great stories from Las Vegas and Key West; two of the best times of my life. All the while eating Emily’s awesome baked goods and drinking Laurie and Scott’s own blend of wine. Then John surprised us with several “Ride in a Good Direction” wrist bands and donations that had been collected at Ginna as well as from friends and family. Again I was overwhelmed. With so much support, you’re all creating a narcissistic monster!
I have been thinking of the best way to make use of this generosity that would best match the spirit in which it was given. I’m still not sure how to do this, but what would mean a lot to me is if it allowed me to spend more time with friends and family and write more stories. Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, wearing wrist bands, and for your overwhelming generosity!