My Dear family and friends,
Your words mean so much to me, I can only say that I am overwhelmed by what I read from you all. I realize how incredibly lucky I am to have such a special group of people by my side, people who so willingly share their love, support, humor, thoughts and prayers. You have truly helped me, Roxanne, Conor, Cole, my mother, sister, and brother to face this disease and its toll.
Your messages bring great memories, tears and laughter, all of which help ease the pain in ways and places the medication can't reach. Some of you have much better memories than I have - or maybe they are just more selective.
In the five months since my diagnosis, I have begun to even more realize and thank God for the people who choose to work with folks with my condition, what strength and innate compassion that it takes. Never really feeling deserving of such care, lo and behold, I find it all around me in some measure, from my family, who has literally put their lives on hold for me, to great friends, old and new whose messages lift my spirits, to my teammates and dear friends at work - you are all beautiful souls.
With the strongest, most loving soul, Roxanne, beside me and the collaborative "group hug" I actually feel from all of you, this journey is far less painful and worrisome that it could be.