Celebrating with Survivors!

Last week I had the privilege of attending the 25th Anniversary Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ball in Washington D.C. as a guest.    A few days prior to the event, I got a call from the Director of the organization asking if I would be willing to share my thoughts about my diagnosis and recovery in the form of a “spontaneous” interview.  “Of course,” I said.  At the time it did not occur to me that the event would be held in the convention center with a few thousand people in attendance.  In retrospect, it is good that I didn’t know as I would have, as my daughter says, “chickened out.” 

 ImageWhen the interview time came, a lovely women newscaster (whose name I cannot remember) interviewed me while standing amongst the audience.  It was fast and painless and actually very fun.  (See picture).  While there, I was able to speak with another survivor, a young man of 17, who beat Leukemia not once but twice, when he was 8, and then again when he was 10.  He is now a very young sophomore in college studying pre-med and is determined to become an oncologist.  He was SO inspiring.    The night ended with a live performance by Foreigner—yup they’re still around, and I knew every word!  Rock on.