Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The 1%

Last night I was thinking that I'm in the 1%. Not the 1% financially. Not necessarily the 1% of survival rates for brain cancer (it's what I want but not my point). I'm 1% of the 7 billion, the luckiest percent in the world. I feel like I have one of the best lives. An amazing husband, great family, wonderful friends, amazing support, a warm comfy bed, clean delicious water filtered or not from the faucet, a wide variety of healthy foods at my fingertips, a safe home, a friendly community, gorgeous Seattle weather with no real annual natural disasters, free speech, the right to vote....I mean, really, I've got it made. Here I am with medical care, terrified of a possibly life saving treatment and I've been missing the whole point. People die from trivial ailments, and I'm getting the most advanced therapy in the United States for brain cancer. I'm lucky in life. I am the 1%. And this 1% has a temperature of 101. I'm going back to bed. But I'm going back to bed with a smile :) and some serious gratitude. I think my warrior is getting her game face on.


  1. "So Cal" PattiOctober 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Bless you Jess! You always come back with a rengence graced with an appreciation of everything around you! Your opportunities have seemed to turn up at the right times and I am sure that the clinical trial will bring the answer that you need! Love, Patti

  2. Stay Strong Jess! Just to let you know I read your blog whenever I can. I love to follow you on your great adventures. The way your describe your experiences exhibit your strong, smart and fun personality. At times I feel as if I am running by your side around Greenlake. I think it is great that you have found this chance to show Hermie who's boss. He must not know who he's dealing with.
    Life presents crazy, sometimes horrible opportunities to overcome and make yourself stronger. Somedays I wish things would change and I wouldn't have to face life challenging me. Especially raising Aarik. I am so scared about being able to do the best thing for him. I am scared that I won't be able to handle him. And then we have amazing moments of accomplishment and happiness. Most times are tiny things, that only I may notice. Every once in awhile he makes huge improvements, it seems like all of the sudden. It makes those bad days worth all the while to keep pushing through. Any achievements, big or small, reveal an ambition to see how we can produce more.
    You have such an ability to express your amazing personality through this blog, and really so in person. I enjoy the pictures of your experiences and visions of life's beauty. I know you have been through the ringer and wish only good things would happen to you. You are such a good person and deserve the best. Keep loving your life because it is yours to love. Live it large and give Hermie your best while you are down there. We are all thinking about you and will try our best to send our strength with you. MUCH LOVE!!! ~ Joanna


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