Monday, February 18, 2013

35 Is the New 35

Today I turn 35. And I am happy about that.

It does feel weird to be 35. I think most people feel this way when they get to a certain age. What was the expectation when we were younger? That this is old, right?

I do not feel old. I just feel like me.

I feel fortunate to be another year older and wiser. Just coming out of a six day flu-induced-bed-coma, I have been reminded how lucky I am to have my health. A bad fever made it hurt to simply lay still, but I kept telling myself that I would be better soon.  I thought of those in chronic pain or with a terminal illness. They cannot say that. It is so easy to take our health for granted. But I vow to keep this blessing in the forefront. And not only my good health, but that of those I love.

A couple of days ago I was also reminded of the fragility of life. A baby girl named Grace, daughter of a well-known couple here in Rochester, was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH); she defied all the odds and lived after being born. She continued to fight through her condition and many surgeries and made it to her first birthday. And despite all her ailments and hardship she was a happy and beautiful baby girl. However, she passed away on Friday night at 16 months old. 

Little Grace touched so many lives and will continue to do so even though she is in Heaven. What a remarkable little girl. She has left a legacy in this community. The message is, do not give up hope.
Visit the Amazing Grace facebook page to learn more about her inspiring story. 

What's in store for this Monday birthday? Cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream. I'm sure there will be hand-made cards and a couple of presents as well. Fortunate, indeed.


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