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 cheryl cliff on December 16, 2008 at 9:47am
Happy Birthday Pat! You are a gift to us!!
Comment by Donna on December 16, 2008 at 9:33am
Happy Birthday Pat!!! I think I speak for most of us when I say that I hate that I am a part of this community, but I can also say, particularly today as I share my birthday with you, that we are all so blessed to have someone like you leading the way and giving us all courage to help find better treatments and hopefully a cure for our beautiful little boys!!!! (ps. 41 today - or as my daughter said this morning - "Happy 25th Birthday Mom"!!!)
Comment by Bains on December 16, 2008 at 8:29am
Recently I purchased PPMD donation cards and they have the Winston Churchill words on them - " We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." You certainly have given so much to many families like mine, a HOPE that we will end Duchenne and that we can face it with courage. When we first came to know about Duchenne, PPMD was there to help and support. Thank you for that and because of you, we WILL END DUCHENNE.
Happy Birthday!
Comment by Julie Garcia on December 16, 2008 at 8:14am
Happy Birthday and many more!
Comment by Nadine Foley on December 16, 2008 at 6:54am
Happy Birthday Pat :-)

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