We are off on a short trip later today, a trek of some 30+ miles to Orange County and Brea to join family to mark the 7th birthday (tomorrow) of our only grandson, John.
This week is also significant for the family because the 23rd is the 5th anniversary of my stem cell transplant (SCT) to treat and cure mantle cell lymphoma. The video (above) is a clip from this year's annual City of Hope Reunion for BMT survivors, a gathering that we missed due to a conflict a couple of months ago.
Overall, we know that a miracle occurred in 2007 and continues to this day and, although life changed in many ways since then (early retirement, relocation, follow-up "minor" health issues), we know that it was a blessing and life-prolonging event that led us to the doorsteps of City of Hope in Durate, CA.
Gratitude is certainly the the "given word of the day," for this day of remembrance and this day of health and prosperity.
A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.Ruth Benedict