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What will you take on YOUR journey?September 2, 2015
Our journey started with a reason, even though we did not know what that reason was. It didn’t matter. We headed straight on into the journey without a map and without the knowledge of what to expect—all we took with us was our love. One thing we knew, though, it would take a team. We would make sure we did not do this alone. I have always been a shareaholic—I hug strangers! So, when we learned about our new journey, we knew there was no question about sharing all of it, the ups and the downs.
It is our hope that Adventure, Day One will inspire you and help you to understand you have choices—you can choose to be positive, even in the most adverse times—and, just as importantly, you can choose to not be alone. This book is intended for people facing any difficult bump in the road of life, with the idea that reading our story of facing life and surviving the biggest journey we have ever been on will give you the courage to be open and communicate with family and friends—and yes, even strangers. They will become caregivers and life-givers. It has taken us ten years to put to paper the full cycle of our journey, and even now, we know the journey continues. We didn’t go into this with a plan, we didn’t have a choice. We walked head on into Rickey’s diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia as if we were going to win—and felt sure there was a reason for this challenge. Even as we walked out our front door on the way to the hospital for the first time and Rickey made the comment, “Well, this is the end of Camelot,” I knew the reason would be revealed to us and that we would be given the strength to get through it.
Life goes so fast. In the midst of it all hopefully we stop and say the things that we feel, we take the time to do the three A’s: pay attention to those we love, show affection to the most important people in our lives, and tell them we appreciate them. You never know when one phone call will change your life forever—and you can’t go back and get a “do-over”—do it now!
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