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 January 19, 2009 at 3:33pm
Comment by Tracy on January 18, 2009 at 10:26am
You do not look 62!!
Comment by Connor's Dad - Brian on January 16, 2009 at 5:07am
Happy Birthday Pat - you are Heaven Sent for all of us families who are fighting DMD. I just want to let you know we appreciate you.

Brian and Deanna - parents of Connor
Comment by Suzanne Desmond on January 10, 2009 at 10:42pm
Happy Birthday Pat! My mother, Ruth, only lived to see age 56 so be proud of your age. My mother would be 83 now. I miss her very much, but I know she is an angel looking over my son just like you look over all of our sons. One last thing, I think your sons are looking down from heaven and are so very proud of you. Look forward to speaking with you.
God Bless ~ Suzanne
Comment by Jo-Anne on January 8, 2009 at 5:46am
Happy Birthday Pat, may your year be filled with so many blessings and dreams coming true. Hope you had a great day and many many more. You are as young as you feel. Best wishes Jo
Comment by Tina Makitalo on January 7, 2009 at 4:49pm
Happy Birthday Pat!!! Thank you for everything you do....
Comment by Terry Porcaro on December 30, 2008 at 2:57pm
Happy belated Birthday Pat: You and I are almost the same age, and I think you can run circles around me. You seem to have so much energy. I wish you could bottle it, and send some my way. Thank you for always being there for our boys. I thank God for you every day. Love, Terry
Comment by Char Burke on December 23, 2008 at 12:45am
Happy belated B-day Pat! 62 is definately the new 50. I want to thank you for all that you have and continue to do. I don't know anyone who is so focused or driven as you for the cause. Thank you again and please don't retire soon....
Char Burke
Comment by Marilyn on December 22, 2008 at 9:46am
Happy Birthday Pat. You are a very special person, you give and never stop giving, I hope your work and your prayers pay off, hopefully before your next birthday!

With all my love, Marilyn
Comment by Gina Manning on December 18, 2008 at 12:16pm
Happy Birthday Pat and many more. As others have said you are an inspiration to all of us.

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