It was a difficult day. Sadly, today marks the year anniversary of Debbie’s passing. I’ve written before about how grief alters how we experience time. Truly, time is on a weird continuum when you’re dealing with grief and loss. It feels like both a day ago and a decade ago since Debbie left us. I remember waking up the morning after she had passed and thinking how cruel it was that the world kept going as if nothing had happened. Meanwhile, for all of us that loved Debbie and held her dear, our world was completely devastated. I sat in my car lamenting this fact when a beautiful cardinal flew next to my car window, stayed there for a bit and then quickly flew off. It was an amazing moment.
Grief is an interesting animal itself. Its sneaks up on you and catches you unexpectedly. Today brought back a flood of memories both good and bad. I was at work when I first heard she was going into hospice. My amazing friends and co-workers comforted and supported me. Moreover, I was reminded of how much we all miss her. Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy day.
As I ruminated over my day (typical Monday) and our dear friend Debbie, I quickly realized how lucky I am to be aggravated by inane emails or missed meetings. At the end of the day, life is a gift that some times includes more than your average dose of aggravation. The truth is without life’s lows or aggravations we wouldn’t fully appreciate life’s highs and truly happy moments. So today, in the face of aggravation and insipidness, I chose to live like Debbie. In fact, I even got in a nice run tonight. She’d definitely be quite proud of me for continuing to run and not giving it up after the ankle injury. Life may give us lemons, but that’s nothing some ice cubes, Grey Goose and sugar can’t solve. #carpediem
Debbie was diagnosed in 2015 with Stage IV pancreatic cancer after ending up in an ER with severe back pain. The 5 year survival rate for this diagnosis is 1%, which is unacceptable. Even in the midst of her battle against this disease, Debbie stood as a beacon of hope. In fact, she served as the key note speaker at the 2016 Purple Stride Event in Boca Raton. In her honor, please consider donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. No family should have to endure the pain of losing their loved one to this insidious disease. You can donate here: Pancreatic Action Network