Book release

Tomorrow, September 1st, I will celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary by releasing our story in digital book format. Downloadable as a PDF file, our story will be available in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Russian. 

Please check back tomorrow for details on how you can purchase and download a copy.

 

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Book release

September 1st is coming fast...I'm excited and nervous about the release of our book. 

The book will be available in digital format on iTunes and as a PDF through my website.

50% of the profits of all book sales will be donated to The Love You Share, a non-profit organization I am starting in honor of Jennifer. The mission of The Love You Share is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need while they are receiving treatment for cancer. The hope is that by sending a gift card from Fresh Direct (a local grocery delivery service) and reimbursing patients for transportation costs to and from hospital and doctor appointments, The Love You Share will be able to make life easier, even if only for a short time, for someone who is fighting for her life.

The Love You Share has applied to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  Donations to The Love You Share are not currently tax-deductible while its application is pending.  If The Love You Share receives tax-exempt status, donations received while its application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to the date of its formation. 

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Gifts from loved ones...

Twenty years ago my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. I was 19 years old and did not yet realize how little I knew about life. Ten years ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was starting to realize how little I knew about Everything but I still didn't have a clue about how precious life and Love are. Five and a half years ago Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now I know.  

Along with Jennifer's Love, watching my parents take care of each other is the greatest gift ever given to me.  

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The Love You Share

Exciting news! A few days before Jen passed I asked her if it was ok for me to start a non-profit in her honor to help other women with breast cancer. Jen smiled and said, "Yes." It has been a long and challenging road but last week the law firm that is helping me with this process submitted my application to the IRS. Now I will wait to hear back. Please send positive thoughts that the application is approved!

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Role models

Today is my parent's 62nd anniversary. I have mentioned before that I am the last of their 11 children. My parents joke that the reason their marriage has lasted so long is the agreement they made - Who ever leaves first has to take the kids.

It's wonderful to see the love they still have for each other. I'm thankful to have had such a great example of what it really means to say "I do."

 

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College graduate

In 2010, not long after her cancer metastasized, Jen walked across the stage and received her diploma. Jen worked so hard to finish school - Marriage, full-time job and oh yeah, cancer. I was so proud of her. 

When I start to get overwhelmed I think about this and I reach deeper inside to find the strength to keep going. 

Jen NEVER gave  up.

 

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Mom and Dad

Yesterday I spent the afternoon visiting my parents in the house I grew up in. This house has also been the only home my mom has ever lived in, save for a few months after she was born. This month mom will be 86. 

As I pulled out of the driveway I kept wondering (like I always do when I say goodbye) if I told them everything I am feeling. Did I tell them I love them enough? Have I thanked them for putting up with and raising me...I know I was difficult.  

Maybe it's the point in life I am at and the thoughts that come after watching a loved one pass, I don't know for sure. I do know that I cherish every second I spend with my them.  

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