Sunday, January 27th 2013 marked the one year anniversary of my cystectomy. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that I made that long walk down the corridor to the operating room. I was flanked by my husband Jim, my eldest son Mark and Jim’s cousin Val. I was crying and kept saying, “I want to go home, I’ve changed my mind.” In other ways that life altering day seems as though it happened a lifetime ago to someone else altogether.
I am happy to be here today and I want to share with you how I celebrated this recent milestone. On Saturday, January 26th, Jim and I drove to Schenectady, New York, my hometown. That evening we had a delicious dinner with very close friends, Deb and Mark Zabella. Deb has been a strong supporter and donor. On Sunday morning we met my Aunt Nana, the only surviving DeAngelus elder (one of my dad’s sisters), my cousins Rosalind, Margaret and Rozz’s daughter Christine for mass at St. John the Evangelist Church. St. John’s on Union Street in Schenectady is more than 100 years old and just beautiful. After mass we went to Rozz’s house for a terrific dinner and had champagne to toast the miraculous year of recovery I’ve had.
Monday, January 28th capped off the weekend of celebration. We donated 4 iPad minis to Melodies Center, Albany Medical Center’s pediatric oncology facility. This makes a total of 20 iPads we here at inTouch have donated thus far. These donations are made possible because of the generosity of folks like you. If you have yet to donate please do so now, all donations are tax deductible. For those of you who have already donated, thank you, and please consider making a tax deductible donation for 2013. Your help and support are not only appreciated, but desparately needed. Remember, together, we can make a difference.
TOP PHOTO: Jim and I making the donation to Melodies Center. Present at the donation were: Rob Saba, AMC’s Foundation, Angie Silipigno, Child Life Specialist – Melodies Center, Patsy Ann Joinnides, President/Founder inTouch Inc., and James Joinnides.