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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives....

Wow, it's been a looooooong time since I've posted anything. You get busy with life, blink a few times, and months have passed. We've had birthdays, anniversary, holidays, a new member entering the fam, vacations...so many wonderful moments to celebrate. Too many to catch up on in great length and detail, but I think I'll try to post some pictures. I have learned a lot this last year. One thing I do want to update on is regarding my friend Nick.

Nick ended up getting his transplant, and was told he was cancer free. I believe this unbelievable hope and realizing that he was going to have the future he was told wasn't possible lasted for about a week. He was then given the devastating news that the cancer was back and there was nothing more that could be done. Nick passed away October 6th. My lovely friend Carole, Nick's mother, taught me so much about strength, courage, and the unwavering love of a mother. Nick taught me how to embrace every moment. Every moment is a gift. Our last conversation he told me how inspired he was by how many people that didn't even know him wanted to help. It was his wish for when he recovered to help someone, anyone, that needed it. Truth be told, Nick and I were more acquaintances and coworkers than good friends when he first got sick. Carole was also the same, she was just a beautiful woman and mother with a gorgeous smile that was always offering a friendly hello. I truly believe that God placed them on my heart the moment I found out of Nick's diagnosis. I consider myself so blessed to have been a part of their journey, and to have gained a lifelong friend in Carole. I want to thank everyone for all that you did to help spread the word, increase the donor registry, and praying for Nick and his family. I ask that you continue to pray for Carole and the rest of Nick's family. The anniversary of his diagnosis is coming up next week, and I know that will be very difficult.

Every day is a gift. I'm learning to stop, embrace every moment for what it is, and to appreciate the blessings and the lessons. I hope you do the same.