As another busy week comes to a close, I could not be more grateful for the impending weekend. This week was bittersweet for me as I celebrated my one-year thyroid-versary and my health. But I also observed the loss of a friend. Last year, immediately after my surgery, I was greeted by a cheerful voicemail from my friend Gaelle. I remember her kind offer to bring a vanilla milkshake from Shake Shack to my hospital room. She was by my side as I went through my thyroid cancer diagnosis and surgery (usually vetting my doctors), and was one of the first people to take me out for a celebratory meal once I was able to eat solid food again. Gaelle passed away in December 2013, and I would have loved nothing more than to celebrate this health milestone with her. I know she is looking down on me everyday and smiling as I continue on my journey to health and wellness.
This weekend is one I will spend reflecting. A lot has happened in the last 12 months. If I have learned one thing from this past year it is that there is always a silver lining. Even through tragedy, there is a bright-side. It may not appear when you would like it to, but when you least expect it, it emerges.
I will embrace life this weekend, be happy to have my health, and let go of things that no longer serve me.
Wishing you a peaceful weekend, full of health, happiness and the company of good friends!