On Turning 55, THANKS and Happy New Year
Turning 55 on 1.1.2013
In a few hours I turn 55. Couldn't have gotten here without a lot of help from family, friends and doctors (lol). Since it has take the Gross National Product of a small country to keep me here after three rounds of chemo I appreciate this birthday fully.
As I shared in Why Cancer Sucks...Mostly I'm glad the Big C's invisible hand has changed my life. Well maybe not "glad" but thankful. I'm thankful for the amazing people who've saved my life more than once. I'm thankful for having parents and a brother and a sister who are good in emergencies (lol). I'm thankful for having such amazing FOMs (Friends of Martin).
There are still BIG things on the Bucket List. I told my parents about the Elizabeth Martin and Duncan Smith Story of Cancer Trust in a letter this year so now the clock is ticking :).
The clock is always ticking and that is how life should be lived with an appreciation of each moment's magic, joy and connection. Since it takes an army of people with a variety of skills to make my life possible I say thanks, Thanks and THANKS.
Some will know how fully I love and appreciate them. Others who've help save my life won't be reading this post. I hope every It's A Wonderful Life person knows how much of a difference they've made. I understand my responsibility.
My responsibility is to pay the miracle of my life as far forward as possible. How many more New Years will we have? Who knows, but no matter how many more New Years we have together the mission is the same - cure cancer in our lifetime and love each other in this moment now.
Thanks and much love to all.
"Double Nickels" Martin Marty Smith
Durham, North Carolina
3 hours before New Years 2013