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Shout out to my peeps

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Just wanted to say another thank you to everyone who has given me much love and support over the past couple of months. As you can see  from the wealth of cards I received, my birthday was full of treats in the mail.

And the support keeps rolling as I recently heard from a couple of people who are also going through Hodgkin’s Treatment. One person is a couple of treatments ahead of me – and that gives me strength to keep going. And one person is a couple of treatments behind me – so I can help show them the way.

So much from a simple blog that was mostly meant for me to pass the time in the hospital. I’m glad I can help – but I can’t do it without all of you.

Also, just a friendly reminder – I’d prefer that anyone who wants to send me any gifts instead makes a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or supports one of my friends running in a Relay for Life or a Team in Training. I’ve got plenty of Netflix movies, DVD’s and PS3 games to last me the whole summer and your money is better spent on the greater good than just little ole’ me.

Victoria – Team In Training: HERE

Heidi – Relay for Life: HERE

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: HERE

My best to all.

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Donations

Donation

About 3 days after I got back from the hospital, a letter arrived in the mail from The Cancer Research Institute. My first thought was “How’d they know already? That is one really good research institute.”

Every year, Jen and I give money to charity for Christmas (this doesn’t make us better than you, it just makes us quietly smug to ourselves). This past year, I gave money to The Cancer Research Institute in the names of one of my best friends and my uncle who have spent the past 2 years fighting cancer. The Cancer Research letter was asking for additional donations. Hmph.

But I digress.

I’ve gotten a lot of great gifts over the past 3 weeks. I’m not going to compare them here. Let’s just say that this summer I am going to be one well-dressed, snarky T-shirt and  pajama pants wearing bald dude with a bad-ass head wrap and lots of great music to listen to, a pile of amazing books to read and some awesome DVD’s to watch.

And I thank all of you very, very much.

But I don’t deserve your gifts. These people do:

Their website provided my family with a lot of much needed information – the kind of information I should probably have gotten while I was in the hospital but didn’t. And I have had many people refer LLS to me for support groups, information and advice.

It seems like everywhere I go these days, I see ways to donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, at Lebowski Fest. Its one of the many things that I just didn’t notice before. I think they are following me. I think they are trying to tell me something.

If you are motivated enough to send me a gift – or even if you’re not – I ask you to put your time and hard earned money into a donation for LLS.

Or give to another cancer organization.

Or clean out your closet and donate clothes to Goodwill.

Or give another 50 bucks to the charity you give 50 bucks to on Christmas.

To make it easy for you, I already have 3 friends who are running marathons or relay races to support cancer research. I’m putting links below (in alphabetical order so pick randomly) and you can pick which person you’d like to donate to. Easier than ordering lunch.
Tonya Bertino Team In Training

Victoria Massengale Team in Training

Heidi Ryder Relay For Life

Most of you Radical people are off the hook I see…yes, I am keeping notes on all of you.

Thanks to all of you for your continued love and support.

Gifts

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Gift giving is not a contest. And – HONESTLY – I prefer no gifts at all since Jen and I are big into donating to others and there is very little that we ask for ourselves. If there is something that can be dropped off or picked up for us, we will let you know. Promise.


That being said, of course people bring the most wonderful gifts and it thrills me to no end and I look forward to every one (yippee!) Unlimited surprises abound on the first weekend and I thought I’d do a little over view as I look around the room:

1. Flowers and balloons – Sure, one of the flowers was addressed to ‘new lovely baby Giselle”, but they smell good and Giselle is too small to appreciate them any way. We kept the flowers in the room for a couple days then put them out on the nurses desk for all to enjoy. (Thanks LA.com and Radical and Dina)

2. Most Tasteless Gift – Whoopie cushion. Which I am planning on using on the doctor’s ASAP. (Thanks Kim)

3. Most Tasteful Gift – Homemade banana bread. My mom begged for the recipe but Kelly held strong. My family was so into the banana bread that I think we all forgot why we were sitting around this hospital room for a few minutes. (Thanks KS)

4. Gift Which Improves Service The Most – UCLA knit hat. Put that thing on at the UCLA hospital and your food comes a little quicker, the sheets get made a little tighter and the nurses become a little friendlier. (Thanks Aileen)

5. Funniest Gift Rivalry (also Most Awkward to Explain Gift) – The Melville’s provided me with supportive bedside photos of their dog Ella and Johnny Cat, who proudly watch over me with love and drool. Not to be outdone, our neighbors gave us a digital picture frame with rotating photos of us and their beautiful kids. Now we have to explain to every nurse and doctor that, “No, those are not our kids. And, no, those are not our pets.” Which is a shame, because we would all make a handsome family. (Thanks Melvilles and Carillos)

6. City of Brotherly Love Award – Philadelphia Phillie’s Road to the World Series DVD and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Bernstein – are you saying something about me? The Phillie’s DVD will be on a constant loop if anyone visits me at home.

7. Ask And You Shall Receive Gift – PSP. Going to be a lot more convenient than setting up the PS3 at chemo treatments and a lot easier than playing Wii with an IV in my arm. (Thanks Martin Steele)

8. Greatest Gift So Far – The countless emails, offers for help, texts, phone calls, limitless love and support, unbelievable amount of communication through all of our friends and family. My mom was in town and she was absolutely stunned by the outpouring of support. Los Angeles and the film industry is supposed to be a town of cold hearted, ruthless, ego-maniacs  – and you showed her that you are the kindest group of ruthless, ego-maniacs we could ever know. Thanks to all.