As I am sitting here on January 3 in this New Year, I am also celebrating my birthday. It's funny how people react differently to occasions like birthdays. I remember when a 90-something female patient said to me, "Why do women get all weird about birthdays? The only alternative is not having one and we don't want that! - I had to chuckle at that time as I certainly saw her wisdom. But being a cancer survivor gives a whole new meaning to birthdays.
Our relationship with tomorrow drives our emotions and actions today. As I go into tomorrow a day older, I am thankful, elated, excited and hopeful for many more birthdays. Having traveled that cancer patient path of uncertainty about how many more birthdays I would get to celebrate, each one becomes even more meaningful. I also carry the fear that cancer may come back and once again I will be challenged with how many birthdays I have ahead of me. But go ahead - ask me how old I am! I will gladly share and celebrate that with you!
I have really appreciated and embraced the new American Cancer Society motto which is "The Official Sponsor of Birthdays". I feel like all of us in healthcare are here to create an environment in which our greatest achievement will be to help you celebrate many more birthdays.
As we here at RMH Women's Center serve you, know that we will be holding all your future birthday celebrations in our hearts. Know that we will do everything in our power to help you go into tomorrow excited and hopeful. And Happy Birthday whenever in this year you are privileged to celebrate yours!
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