Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Approaching the 6th month mark

As I was typing the date on a document today it took me by surprise. I thought, how could this be? Almost 6 months since my diagnosis? Time flew by...and not much has changed with my body. I've waited for some rash to spring up over night...Or perhaps run out of breath while I was climbing up the bleachers at a game.... But, nothing yet. So, I've decided to stop looking for "it". I'm sure "whatever it is" will find me in due time, but for now my search for "it" will end. I've decided to use my energy and time making a difference. Beginning tonight, I've decided that for every dollar I spend at Starbuck's through the end of the year, I will match that amount in a donation to the Bonnie J. Addairo, Breath Away From the Cure Foundation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing this to make me stop going to Starbucks...I chose something I love to do and paired it up with something I can't wait to be a part of. Sounds like a winning proposition to me. I want our part of the country to be known for something bigger than Coffee...perhaps Lung Cancer Screeening...

That's it for today. Can't wait to get a coffee tomorrow :)

Dreaming of bigger and better things,


Anonymous said...

Meet you at Starbucks in 15 minutes!!! First one there gets to buy!! Love you more than all the money you are going to raise for this incredible cure!!!

Anonymous said...

Enrich your coffee drinking experience. Here are some coffee facts to ponder between sips:

1. Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum. World wide coffee production tips the scales at about 6 million metric tonnes.

2. It takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity. The average yield from one tree is the equivalent of one roasted pound of coffee.

3. People who buy coffee primarily at drive through windows on their way to work will spend as much as 45 hours a year waiting in line.

4. Of the various botanical species of coffee trees in the world, only two are extensively cultivated commercially; Arabica and Robusta.

5. The average person who buys coffee outside the office to consume at work will spend the equivalent value of a round trip plane ticket to Florida every year.

6. The first coffee house in Europe opened in Venice in 1683, while coffee was available in Europe as early as 1608, mostly for the rich.

7. The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.

8. The largest coffee-producing nation, Brazil, is responsible for 30 to 40 % of total world output.

9. In the late 1800’s, Chase and Sanborn put out a flier on how to read the coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup (like a fortune teller).

10. Coffee cherries usually contain two “beans”, except for the single bean peaberry anomaly. Cherries with three beans are deemed to be a sign of good luck.

11. A Belgian living in Guatemala invented the first instant coffee in 1906 and later immigrated to the United States. His name, ironically enough, was George Washington.

Happy sipping!
Dave in MT

Anonymous said...

I like your philosophy about "it". In 1998, my doctor told me I had cervical cancer. I thought, "What? I feel completely normal." A biopsy showed that it was not in my lymphnodes, so that was good. Got it removed, had checkups and am back to once a year. For a while if I felt anything anywhere, I wondered if that was "it" again. It was a scary time. The bottom line is screening, early detection saves our lives. Imagine the day when lung cancer screening is as routine a practice as a pap or a mamagram.