Today is my last day in New York City.
It has been an incredible ride since we arrived here in November, and it is hard to imagine that it is coming to an end. It seems like everything wrapped up so quickly, and yet it always seemed to be going so slowly at the time. I think that pretty much sums up life though. You have to enjoy each moment because when you look back it all seems to have slipped by so fast.
I was talking to someone a few weeks ago about our time here in New York and I said, “Oh, we’ve had a great time! We’ve had a great living situation, seen several plays, been to some great restaurants and have really enjoyed everyone we’ve met up here!” They kind of looked at me like I was crazy. That’s when I realized how it sounded to be talking about how much fun we have had since we have been up here for cancer treatment and an amputation. I said, “Oh, well yeah… besides all of that other stuff.”
Sometimes I forget how all of this looks to people from the outside. I don’t view this as a tragic occurrence, but rather the next step in me becoming the man I am supposed to be. And I don’t think any of what I have done is particularly special, it is just what you do when you face something like this. You keep on going. And now I am going home!
As I said, we have had some great times here in New York, despite the circumstances that brought us here. The reason we have had those great times is because of the family that I am blessed to be a part of and the support we have received from everyone around us. Having such incredible support through all of this is more than I could have ever asked for and I am fortunate beyond all words to have had such amazing people enter my life. Everyone I have been blessed to have come into contact with throughout this entire experience has turned what could have been a horrible ordeal into a time I look back on with fond memories.
So to everyone who reads this and everyone who has written us notes of encouragement or just said a silent prayer on our behalf, thank you. Thank you all so much. Your involvement has truly made a huge difference and we are all very appreciative!