Today as I watched our 44th president being sworn in, I felt an overwhelming sense of a hope and change in our country. I know that we won't see changes immediately, but I'm hopeful that we will work as one nation and make these changes together.
Senator Feinstein (from California) was the woman who was the "host" of today's inauguration. What pleased me most about this was that I've met Senator Feinstein each year at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Gala. On August 3, 2007, Senate Resolution 87, a resolution expressing the sense of the United States Senate that the president should declare lung cancer a public health priority was unanimously reconfirmed. Senator Feinstein, along with Senators Chuck Hagel, Hilllary Clinton and a few others brought this resolution to the forefront. Knowing that Senators Feinstein, Hagel and Clinton are such an advocates for this disease gives me hope that cancer will be a priority in our country's health care problem.
This past week when I had my newest scan I found out that my lungs are stable, but other parts of my body are falling apart. I've got some new problems in my pelvis (cysts...not cancerous), my bladder is a mess from all the coughing I've been doing, and I pee every time I cough, or laugh, or giggle or walk... just kidding. Ok, it's really not that bad, but Rick asked me today if I was going to tell the world about these problems since I tell you about everything else. I told him absolutely NOT. Somethings are private. Well, I changed my mind. This is the way it is. Leaky bladder, cysts on my ovaries, rash on my chest...a husband with a bald head a rash on his face and head.... BUY WE'RE ALIVE. So, I'll take all those reminders if I can be here with all of you longer. I'm pretty sure I just shared TMI (too much information) with you, but I hope you'll love me anyway.
Don't forget tomorrow at 5:00 at Starbuck's is the 2009 Relay for Life Kick-Off. If you haven't signed up or don't know much about it, tomorrow will be a great opportunity to learn more. Hope to see you there!