Happy New Year
Like most of you, I am spending at least part of today thinking about the year just past as well as the one just beginning. New Year's Day is also our wedding annivesary, so there is an extra precious feeling to the day. We have a long-standing tradition of a small dinner party, with very close friends, here on New Year's Eve, so we begin the year with many of the components of a blessed life: dear friends, a welcoming home, great food and wine. 2011 was a very good year for our family with no health catastophes, a new baby, the completion of our tiny cottage by the water in Maine, and many good times together.
Since I spend my days with other women who are living with breast cancer, I know that one way to divide the world today is this: Women who were diagnosed and treated in 2011, are now moving through recovery and are delighted to see 2011 pass, and women who are facing difficult and frightening challenges in 2012 and may be authentically worried that they won't live to see 2013. Such existential realities are sobering, but also serve to focus me (us) and help us remember to treasure whatever time we have. I would never ever say that having cancer is a blessing to anyone, but I do believe that the experience, if we are lucky and stay well, can enhance our appreciation of life and enable us to pay attention to what is important.
Wishing you and those you love a Happy and Healthy New Year.