Last week was a cool week. On Tuesday night we (the family) went to the Yankees game versus the Angels. We did this as a “meet up” with two of my Myeloma twitter friends Matt (@MPG61) and Amy (@amyygarofalo). You probably have seen me write about them before. Matt is the guy whose uplifting blog, mattvsmyeloma.com, was the first positive thing I read on the Internet and it gave me hope. I met Matt in person when I was in California this past March. Amy is a constant source of encouragement and positivity in my daily life with her cheering me and other patients on through Twitter. This was my first time meeting her in person even though she lives in Connecticut. Matt came with his wife and Amy with her husband and two boys. It was great for Helene and our kids to see that there are other families that deal with this shit and SURVIVE and THRIVE just like we do.
I think Matt said going to a game at Yankee Stadium was on his bucket list. I’m not much for bucket lists but there are a few things that I need to accomplish before I die … a LONG, LONG, TIME from now:
I have two Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to attend – 2015 and 2017
Scratch that – two weddings to attend – times and dates TBD
Scratch that – I have some future grandchildren I’d like to meet
I want to take a trip to Paris with Helene for our 15th wedding anniversary next year.
I will learn to play guitar – I made that one 6 years ago when I turned 40.
I want to drive up to Choate to see my niece Amanda play hockey this year.
I want to win at least ONE of my fantasy football leagues.
I want to be the number one fundraiser for my company this year – or at least win that fucking wrangler award.
I want to see Victor drive one over the fence.
I want to see Ava on the stage in a leading role. She is a NATURAL!
I want to continue my charity work. We are going to turn the #bradstrong Golfs Against Cancer into a 501(c) foundation so that we can not only help great organizations like the MMRF but also direct funding to other charities involved with Multiple Myeloma and help others less fortunate and struggling to pay medical bills, copayments etc. I have said before – even with the problems I endured with my insurance company I am very fortunate to have coverage – and pretty good coverage all things considered.
Lastly – I want to continue writing. I am thinking of adding a sports/fantasy football section to the blog. I don’t know if I am any good at this but people encourage me all the time to keep writing so I will. Look for a new section on the blog coming up within a week or two. There will be a separate link for those who are interested.
So – not a BUCKET LIST per se. Just a bunch of things I want to do. Here’s hoping I am strong enough and healthy enough to achieve them all.
I feel great today after days 1 and 2 of cycle 9 of Chemo. Did a spin class this AM and then lifted at the gym. It’s a great day to fight Cancer – again. It’s a great day to reflect and think about a long life ahead and all of the accomplishments I hope to achieve.