The memories and emotions of my journey to complete remission are beginning to fade, but several positive outcomes remain fixed in my heart. My husband and two daughters plus their spouses were rock stars of support and care. It was not always easy for them, especially during the six hospital stays for chemotherapy, as well as the recovery from a broken leg caused by the cancer (another separate hospital stay of six days).
|Wrapped in family love.|
You will note a theme here — family. Given my profession, I thought that I understood the importance of family, but little did I know how important family is when facing a major health crisis. In my return to work, I’ve renewed my commitment to strengthening, promoting, and healing families. We do such important work through our Health and Nutrition and Family Resiliency programs. I hope to share some of my enthusiasm during the conference.
The last positive outcome I want to share is my renewed appreciation for all of my co-workers and the support they bring during difficult times. We often try to keep work and family separate, but as many of us know, we really can’t. Work provides meaningful purpose and support in our lives. I am grateful for experiencing this once again in my work.
Travel safely to the conference and come rested for a full two days.