This past weekend, I took part in the Relay For Life that was held at John Marshall High School.  I was asked to speak to participants about being a cancer survivor.  29 years ago I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, went through treatment and continued on with my life.  No doubt about it, being diagnosed with cancer is one of the worst things you can hear, but some wonderful things have happened in my life because of it.  Mostly, I appreciate every day so much.  Even if I'm having a terrible day, I know that every new day is a chance to be thankful for being alive.  I know it sounds sappy, but each year, I'm more grateful.  29 years worth of gratitude is a pretty awesome thing!

The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are offering the annual luncheon for cancer survivors and their friends and family. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. on June 4 at the Rochester International Event Center (near the airport) beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program to honor cancer survivors and their families at 12:15 p.m.

Admission is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Additional guests are welcome for a nominal fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by May 24.  Please join me.

To register, email canceredprog@mayo.edu or call (507) 538-6001.

Ooh.  I made it on tv too.  That's a first.  Not really.