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My ‘Real’ Christmas Out-of-Office Email Response

December 20, 2018

Last year, I posted my ‘real’ out-of office message for the holidays. I have done the same this year and would like to share with you.”I am out of the office from Dec. 24 – Jan. 4. This Christmas may be my husband’s last one on this Earth. He was diagnosed in 2017 with Stage 3 esophageal cancer. After 5 grueling weeks of daily chemo, radiation, and a massive 7-hour surgery, our hope was that he was cured.

Our hopes were dashed this summer when tests showed the cancer had come back. My handsome, athletic 45-year old husband was told he has months left to live. This breaks my heart for him, our young children and for me.

So this Christmas, I don’t plan to check my email a lot. Let’s face it, most things can wait until we return from our vacation. I am going to focus on being present, loving those around me as much as I can, and trying to find some moments of joy despite the strong feelings of being terrified that grip me from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep at night.

I wish you a happy holiday. I encourage you to not get caught up in the small stresses of the #holidays, but focus on the big picture. Focus on your loved ones and make the most of each precious moment. Happy holidays from my family to yours!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kadine permalink
    December 20, 2018 5:01 pm

    You are a powerful and inspiring human being… thank you for your transparency and allowing us to come into your world. Try to be brave during this challenging time thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

    Best,
    Kadine

    • December 20, 2018 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet words. I share my story to help others, but I also receive help and support from my social media community by being transparent, too. You guys help me keep strong! Thanks.

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