I never made a big deal out of birthdays. It’s another day older. I know I wanted bigger celebrations for some of the “milestone” birthdays, but for the most part, I like simple and low key.
After all I’ve been through this year I feel excited about my birthday. I feel grateful that I have another year to celebrate and hope for many more.
Something life-changing like cancer has taught me to really appreciate things and be grateful for all the wonderful people I have crossed paths with in my life.
It has taught me to be more positive and focus on small things or small victories. I could have easily gotten negative upon my cancer diagnosis but I couldn’t for my baby or my family. Instead I’m choosing to stay positive, enjoy every moment and take the time to appreciate the little things in life.
I feel extra grateful this birthday as I spent the weekend in the hospital with a neutropenic fever. I hated being away from my kids and husband for two days but fever in cancer patients is very serious and I needed to make sure I didn’t have an infection. It was a scary experience because the fever came on suddenly and I had been doing fine until this happened.
This experience made me just want a simple birthday celebration that I could truly enjoy.
I wanted one of the amazing donut cakes from Donut Times Cafe. I went with the watermelon cake because Reese couldn’t decide between a unicorn or this one for her birthday a few weeks ago so I said I’ll get whatever one you don’t pick. The watermelon cake she called a Cocomelon cake because of the watermelon head thing from the show my girls love.
So yes for my 41st birthday I will enjoy a Cocomelon cake. I also wanted a dinner of my choice, pizza which is my favorite food.
It is an exciting sports day. The Phillies swept the series vs the Rockies with a 7-1 day game win today. The Eagles can get me a nice birthday present with good first round draft picks tonight. (Please don’t screw these up Howie Roseman!) Another nice gift would be a Sixers win to close out the series and advance in the playoffs. (They should not be in a Game 6 and if they lose this they are in big trouble!)
But most importantly I want to just be able to celebrate with my family who are my everything. That’s all I need. They have kept me going through this difficult cancer journey and continue to help me stay positive and kick this cancer’s ass so I can party like it’s my birthday.