I just returned to Ohio from an event this weekend in my childhood hometown of New Canaan coupled with a detour to New York City with Dawn and Lindsay. Another fantastic weekend…with lots of walking in NYC (no one tell my doctor). BTW, still minimal progression with little if any change since diagnosis.
The overwhelming theme at each and every event for my family has been love. Love…a word we tend not to use enough even though we know we should. I once reserved that word for family only. How silly is that! Yet, looking back I realize how fear drove me to refrain from using the best word we have. Fear of rejection, ridicule, and retribution prevented me from being a better person. I still need lots of work on being a better person, but I use the word “love” freely now and it feels good. I encourage you to explore and to embrace this beautiful word.
On a bizarre level, I credit ALS for helping me along this path. ALS has allowed me to reconnect with loved ones, to deepen relationships, and to put the fear of expressing love even further behind me.
On all levels, I must thank everyone who has been and will be a part of this journey, as no part is too small. To quote one of Dawn’s favorite movies, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” How awesome is that!