Most people probably don’t start thinking about their own mortality until much later in life. At that point they don’t have the ability to change or to focus on the relationships that matter. One of the things I always have to remind people of is that I started writing napkin notes to my daughter for five or six years before my first cancer diagnosis. I recognized that there was this need to have more interaction and a better relationship with my daughter.
I am incredibly average. I am the most boring person that I know. I believe in my heart that anybody who was put into the same situation has it within themselves to do exactly what I’ve done and face life and death in the way I have. The only difference could be that I am open to sharing our story and to being public about it. I got lucky in a couple of ways and had a family that supported me and a priest that supported me and doctors that supported me. I made a couple of good choices and we were off to the races.