I am in awe. Completely overwhelmed with gratitude and happiness. Three months ago I thought $100,000 in 100 days? - sure, why not make a pie-in-the-sky fundraising goal. And now I'm astounded as the end date for the campaign is here... and so is $100,000.
Because of your donations I have been - and will continue to be - able to afford the treatments my insurance company has denied. These treatments have greatly reduced the cancer in my body, and I'm feeling very good, physically and emotionally, as I sit here and type.
Although the funds raised have a direct effect on my health, I think of equal and possibly even greater effect is the outpouring of love and support. I don't know how to have enough gratitude for all of it. It has changed my life. People would find it hard to believe that after a stage IV cancer diagnosis I could be the happiest I've been in my life, but it's true!
On top of the amazing life-affirming and loving notes from family and friends, I've received hundreds of supportive messages and donations from strangers, some from places as far away as Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Switzerland. I've just been blown away by this response.
I know that all the positive messages, prayers and good energy directed at me have improved my condition, and I am extremely thankful to everyone who has helped me in this way. Doctors can't quantify the effect of positivity on a patient's prognosis, but they know it helps. I know it helped me very much, and continues to propel me towards more healing and recovery.
I want to write every expression of gratitude to everyone because "thank you" is just not enough. So here are some more! Danke! Merci! Much obliged! Cheers! Na gode! Xie xie! Domo arigato! Mahalo nui loa! Well, that was a little more satisfying (for those of you playing, yes, that IS Hausa!). But what I really want to do is give everyone a big hug and say, "I'm so happy you're here!" And I'm so happy I'm here!