Update! I walked 26.2 miles on Saturday, 10/2/2021 around Lancaster, Sterling, and Clinton MA. I do look forward to the walk being in person next year!!! Thanks for all the support I have received. I wish all of you well. Janet
Sadly, we are still in COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, I have been thinking about my life. I have realized over the years that I do not like to change many areas of my life if they are in my control. For instance, I have been working at the same company since 1981 and am still married to my husband Rick since 1982. Rick and I built our log home in Lancaster in 1986 and we still live there. Talk about longevity.
I have come to understand why I am this way. I grew up an Army brat and went to 5 different schools before moving to Lunenburg where I attended 8th grade until graduation. I guess I like stability.
My son Matt was born in 1988 and Amy was born two years later. Life was very busy and going well. We had so many celebrations over the years such as graduations, Matt marrying Lindsay, Amy marrying Josh, grandchild Lucas joining our family 2 years ago. I have so much hope for the future!
But not everything is in your control. The reason that I walk is that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and we survived that. In 2006, Rick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we survived that. In 2010, Amy was diagnosed with leukemia, Matt was her stem-cell donor, and we survived that. Sadly, family members who did not survive cancer were my dear brother Chuck, Rick’s Aunt Joan, and cousin Cathie among others. My mom, Uncle Sal, and Uncle Ed survived their cancer diagnosis. Cancer affects everyone as we all know.
The last year and a half have been extremely stressful for everyone. All of us have been profoundly affected by this pandemic crisis, and unbelievably it continues. There is much anxiety in not knowing when it is going to end. One thing is certain: showing kindness to one another will help us get through this. We need empathy for others and know that we may not understand how someone else is feeling, especially if we haven’t lived or walked in their shoes.
This year’s walk is a virtual walk again. I will be walking 26.2 miles from my home around my town and the surrounding towns. This pandemic is difficult for people emotionally, and I understand that it may also be difficult for many financially. Cancer touches everyone and cancer does not discriminate. We need to continue with research and clinical trials to help more cancer patients win their battle. My ambitious goal this year is to raise $7,000. Please donate if you can.
Remember, you are in charge of your own life. You may not have control over everything that happens in your life, but you do have choices on how you handle what life gives you. Live each day. Take good care of yourself. Exercise, eat healthy, get enough rest, and please don’t smoke. Do things in moderation, laugh often, think positively, have faith in God and pray.
Especially, be thankful for your blessings and be kind to yourself and to others.
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