Just a few pictures from today – it was a lovely way to spend my 40th. The first birthday after my transplant, as Debbie said. My friend Hillary texted that it was my most daring trip around the sun so far, and I can’t say I disagree. I will do my best to live the best life that I can, with the incredible gift I have been given.
Usually for my birthday, I give myself the gift of an epic hike, backpacking trip or race. For my 26th, I ran a marathon; crazy stuff like that. This year was more low key, as it needed to be as my body continues to recover.
Better yet, though, I spent it with a wonderful person who I love very much. We enjoyed my favorite breakfast (French Toast!!), avoided a cinnamon disaster (mostly), hiked together on a trail that I’ve missed, helped mom nearly set up Alexa over Zoom, eat yummy pasta, celebrate with a homemade Apple Tart (I’ve been craving fresh fruit), enjoyed a surprise drop in by Debbie & family, and watch a classic movie we both quote to each other all the time (“it’s all over when you ride up in Troy’s bucket…”).
Life is good! Thank you for all the kind & thoughtful birthday wishes, they were just lovely to receive.
I’m so happy you were with Andy to celebrate 40 years of age. Your life has been challenging, but you have met all these issues with courage and determination. I consider myself fortunate that you are my daughter. You do the family proud!