I am in Ann Arbor Michigan this moment getting ready to go to my youngest child’s graduation. I am thrilled to not only be alive to see this celebration, but even more thrilled to say that I am still in basically good condition despite having been diagnosed over seven years ago.

When I was diagnosed and then when I had the recurrence (which was also accompanied with a kidney cancer diagnosis) I assumed that if I made it to this time I would be very compromised. Although I have in recent months developed some additional complications I still feel as though I am actually a head of the curve. For this I am very thankful.

He is on his way to law school in September and I am very confident that I will make it to that graduation, but I am not sure in what type of condition. I guess that ultimately I have little control of that and I know that I will deal with what ever the reality becomes.

In the mean time I am going to stay in the here and just enjoy the day and be oh so very proud of my baby.

Joel T Nowak MA, MSW