I'm 62 today. Yikes. When my mother celebrated her 62nd. birthday, I thought she was old, finished, worn out... Now that I'm 62, the world looks very different and I get pretty grumpy if someone suggests I'm old. I tried to resolve the issue by asking a few people for their thoughts:
I met my cousin Ruth last week. She is the same age and explained thaht 60 is the new 50, take off some years for craziness and it recalculates to around 45ish. I like the idea but in some ways, it simply sounded like recent activities with regtirement accounts.
I discussed changing careers with my daughter Michelle. Smiliing she said, 62 is hard to place, especially if the individual has spent her career staring at a single disease, diving into research publications as if it was a sexy novel. She recommended I stick to my day job.
I met some friends from high school, now retirned, talking about golfing every day and resting every afternoon. They looked at me and said I did not fit in. Nothing new for me.
In middle age, I find you begin to reckon with life's limits. This morning at 5 AM I laced up my sneakers and went running... I think I'll continue to run /walk marathons until this Duchenne is ended, treated, cured... until every boy in the world is appropriately diagnosed and treated.
So what if I have grey roots today... I'll fix that on Saturday.
Thank you all for being my family.
Love, Pat

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Comment by Pat Furlong on December 16, 2008 at 9:18pm
Thank you all for your kindness and your warm wishes. I do realize we are friends by a circumstance we would rather live without. On the other hand, if I have to be on this journey, I am happy to be standing strong with all of you.
Comment by Jenny Garofalo on December 16, 2008 at 6:09pm
Happy Birthday Pat. You are an amazing inspiration to us all.
Comment by Keith Van Houten on December 16, 2008 at 5:41pm
Happy Birthday, Pat
Comment by Jennifer Shumsky on December 16, 2008 at 1:13pm
Happy Birthday to you! My Birthday wish for you is that with all the hard work you have done for all of us and your family that in the very near future you find yourself trying to"fit in" with your old classmates because you have meet your current mission and have found that cure for our boys!
Comment by neeraj on December 16, 2008 at 12:50pm
Happy Birthday Pat,We live with the real hope of a treatment today and your contribution for getting this far will be gift to all of us.
Neeraj and Family.Many Happy Returns on your Birthday
Comment by Jacobs Mommom on December 16, 2008 at 12:39pm
Happy Birthday Pat. Remember you are as old as you feel:) If you are running at 5:30 in the morning you must feel like 22!!!!!!
Comment by Marian Lamberson on December 16, 2008 at 12:29pm
Happy Birthday!!!! You are a wonderful inspiration to so many people. Hugs!! xoxo
Comment by Samantha Dearing on December 16, 2008 at 12:09pm

--Samantha and Justin
Comment by Kulwant Pannu on December 16, 2008 at 11:29am
Happy Birthday and the warmest of wishes to such an inspirational lady! May you have a memorable day! Happy Birthday from the Pannu Family. Hope to meet you in Sacramento in the coming months.
Comment by Karen Jones on December 16, 2008 at 9:48am
Happy Birthday Pat!! You are my inspiration. I want to thank you for all that you have done for all of us,
without you, we would not be where we are today. Please congratulate your mother for raising such a giving, caring and passionate daughter. I wish you all the best on your Birthday and on every day of your life.
(I've seen you and you definitely, don't look a day over 45ish). God bless you and your family.

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