Happy (Many, Many) Birthdays To You!

December 9, 2011
This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society

I so rarely ever do sponsored posts, but when I believe in the cause, I'm all for it. As writers, we can't help but use the experiences, personalities, people, relationship of the ones around us. I remember I got inspired to write a short story because of a train trip my family and I took from the Bay Area (when we were living there at the time) to Houston, Texas. It was my first three day train ride........ever. Lots of time to think when you're on the train that long.


We were going to Houston to see my mom's best friend from childhood who had cancer for the second time and she was going to be going to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Although prior to this, I have not had the opportunity to meet my mom's best friend, I felt like I already knew her so much. My mom has told me so many funny stories about their experiences together.

The trip, for many reasons, was eye-opening. You learn so quickly how precious life is when you see the people around you face things like this. Today my mom's best friend's cancer is in remission. And for that I am so thankful. But I can't help but realize how much cancer affects the lives around all of us. Not only my mom's best friend has been impacted by cancer, and so has my mom's own father. And so, today, I'm dedicating my posts to the people in my life that have been impacted by cancer. To everyone out there who has been impacted by cancer. To the doctors, nurses, family members, friends, support systems...everyone out there who has been there for someone and has helped them through this awful disease.

So Happy Birthday to all of you. Happy many, many birthdays.

"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
~Albert Camus

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