Dogs make me happy.
The unconditional love. The uncontained excitement so intense they canâ€™t help but piddle on the kitchen rug because youâ€™ve been gone for forever (or 20 minutes). The cuddles. The pathetic puppy dog eyes because oh my god theyâ€™re starving and will absolutely die if you donâ€™t share that loaf of French bread. The exasperated sighs echoing your own frustrations when you share your concerns. And the overwhelming affection â€“ each in their own way. Continue reading
Note from Jon:
To those of you that I work with or are friends with and are hearing about this for the first time, I want you to know itâ€™s not because you werenâ€™t important enough to find out or even that it was a big secret. I didnâ€™t tell a lot of people because of the gut reaction people have when they hear the word “cancer.” Having done all the research and knowing that it would all work out fine, I chose to handle this privately rather than unnecessarily place the burden of worrying on people. Iâ€™m sorry if I may have hurt feelings.Â This was the choice I made because to me the whole thing was just a bump in the road and not anywhere close to the gravity of the issues that other people deal with, even within my workplace.Â For those of you that knew and offered help and support, we thank you.Â
Cancer. The word strikes fear into the hearts of many. But itâ€™s so broad, diverse. And thanks to medical research and innovation, the C word is much more likely to be a chronic (treatable) disease as opposed to a death sentence. Continue reading