I am off to Philadelphia today and then on to New York (Manhattan) tomorrow for a reunion with some college friends. One of my housemates from college was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and we are attending a dinner Saturday evening at Carmine's (Upper West Side location) in his honor. Pete's diagnosis was a huge shock to me (and our group of friends) and definitely provided me with a very much needed reality check. Suddenly, my "first world" problems didn't seem so significant. Pete has been pursing a very aggressive form of treatment for the disease and it hasn't always gone as smoothly as it should. He has been in and out of the hospital many times, not only for the chemo treatments but also for infections and related medical issues. Pete is a wonderful father to his beautiful young daughter and I am always so happy when he is out of the hospital and is able to spend time with her. While Facebook has been great way for us to keep up with his treatments and see the photos he posts, it will be so wonderful to catch up in real life! I wish it could be under better circumstances though.
Have a great Friday!