So much has happened in my life during the past year since The Detroit Free Press published an article about my cancer recovery. I was invited to be on national TV, interviewed by many newspapers, was the invited keynote speaker for a "Race for the Cure", invited to speak to numerous cancer survivor groups, professional conferences for various health care professionals, and Medical Grand Rounds at major medical centers, along with being honored by my state professional organization (Michigan Dietetic Association) with its Individual Public Relations Award. In addition, I've had the opportunity to meet Jane Brody, author and health writer for the New York Times, and, I have received a hand-written note from Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles. Amazement is an understatement!
However, writing and revising this book along with mailing it out to each of you who have ordered it has given me the greatest sense of both pleasure and contentment. I thank all of my readers, whom I think of as new friends, for your constant support and encouragement which so many of you have sent to me via telephone calls, letters, E-mail, and prayers. I also admire all of you and encourage you to start writing and speaking of your own inspirational stories that you have so openly told me.
I would like to share the quote which I usually use to end my speaking presentations because it so clearly expresses my sense of amazement and wonder at what has happened to me after my latest cancer diagnosis.
"Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware". - Martin Buber
My hope for you is that your own cancer journey will also lead you to unexpected, but surprisingly wonderful, places and opportunities.
With warmest regards,
April 28, 1998