Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Bed Head Chronicles. And Merry Christmas Eve!
I feel so incredibly grateful to be home for Christmas. I’m feeling deeply blessed, especially from all the love and support from all of you.
I want to share a story with you. I got an email the other day where a person said, “Are you aware of the statistics of your disease and the odds of you surviving this? How are you dealing with that?”
I was taken aback by the email because my attitude has always been “I love life so much. I want to live to be a million years old. Dying is not an option.” Then I thought back to when I was 23 years old and I fell in love with the sport of triathlon. I didn’t know how to swim, but I knew that my ultimate dream was to become the #1 triathlete in the world.
Now, if I looked up the odds of my being able to achieve this dream, those odds might be 1 in 10 trillion. It would be impossible.
But I didn’t think about what the odds were. I didn’t think about how unlikely it was that I’d be able to do it. What I knew in my heart was I was going to give my heart, soul, and spirit — everything that I had to make this dream come true because it meant that much to me. I was driven every single day by my heart, soul, and spirit.
In this case — yes. I have acute myeloid leukemia. Yes, the statistics are not great. But you know what? I’m not a statistic. I am me. I know I don’t just want to survive this, but I want to thrive in my life. I want to be living a life greater than I have before. I want to give more, touch more lives and have an impact. I want to create more in this lifetime.
I don’t just want to survive. I want to thrive. I’m not just a statistic. I proved when I was 23 years old that eight years later I could be the number one triathlete in the world. I achieved that dream even though the odds of that happening were next to nothing. And I’m going to do the same here.
So, to all of you, thank you. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for your messages of love and support. Thank you for all the healing that you’re bringing me. I want each and every one of you to know that when you think of me, pray for me, support me in any way, I am taking that in. I am learning to receive that and have that help me heal.
So, thank you. I love you all so much. I wake up every morning feeling so deeply grateful for each and every one of you. I wish you all the most beautiful, magical Merry Christmas where you look into the eyes of everyone you love and really think about how much you love and appreciate them. Think about every single moment and recognize the absolutely precious gift of this incredible life that we’ve all been blessed with.
I love you all, Merry Christmas, and thank you for listening.
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