Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dates of Note in March

I want to give a shout out to several dates in the month of March. Three years ago, on March 24, 2006, I was diagnosed with leukemia. I'm still here. Just a week ago, I forgot to celebrate the 18-month anniversary of my transplant. Have I grown complacent or what?

The further I get from the nightmare, the more I realize how lucky I am. Approximately 70% of adults diagnosed with Leukemia die from it. Someone has to be in that 30% survivor group, and it looks like I've made the cut. Little Voice Inside My Head adds: for now.

On March 12, my daughter Mariel turned 21. The moment she was born was one of the most notable of my life.

I'd also like to recognize that March 15 is Leah Ryan's birthday. Leah was a blogging buddy of mine who died of leukemia in June 2008. She would have been 45 today, but time has stopped for Leah.