Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Second Chances







"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."



Guess who uttered these words of wisdom? Gandhi? The Dalai Lama?

Nope, it was Harrison Ford.
Really.


Today, August 3, 2011 is the one year anniversary of my heart attack. The day I got a second chance.


I would like to thank my son who held my hand while I waited for the ambulance to arrive.
I would like to thank the Needham Massachusetts fire department and police department, who saved my life.
I would like to thank everyone at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston who took care of me and fixed up my faulty heart.
I would like to thank my friends and family and colleagues and neighbors who went way beyond the call of duty to help me and my family, whose generosity and love were the key to my healing and recuperation.
I would like to thank my husband Carl who is my true soulmate and best friend.
I would like to thank my children who are the joy of every day.
I would like to thank my dachshund Lucy who gives unconditional love to our family.
I would like to thank all of my on-line friends for your support and kindness this past year.


Embracing second chances,
Penelope

(Photo taken by my very talented son.)

18 comments:

KMont said...

Cheers, Penny! So glad to have met you online and enjoy your awesome wit. :D Hugs.

Penelope said...

Hi Kenda! Thanks! So glad I "met" you, too! :^)

lemonverbenalady said...

Really glad for second chances for our native daughter, Penny! Pittsburghers always get a second chance and there is no more deserving a person who makes me laugh than you! I didn't get an A in sentence construction!! Glad your ticker is still ticking! xxoo Nancy

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. That's awesome. You're so right. What a blessing. Congratulations! And Hooray for Penny!

Penelope said...

Hi Nancy! Yes, we native Pittsburghers are very tough cookies. I owe it all to Terry Bradshaw. hee hee

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju! Thanks for all your support this year! ♥

Isabel Roman said...

I'm so glad you have this second chance!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Isabel! Me too!

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Penny, thank heaven for second chances! What happened to you is a lesson for all of us! *hugs*!

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Penelope said...

Thanks, Julie! If I were the type of gal to get a tattoo (which I'm not....my mid-life crisis has not gotten that bad yet...hee hee!) I would get one that says Second Chances. Maybe I'll get a temporary tattoo? :^)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Happy anniversary. Your words make my stomach do flip-flops - maybe we've never met in person but you mean so much to me.
You will be fine, girlfriend. I know it in my heart.
My thanks to all those people too.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oh, beautiful photo! Talented son!

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! How can we only be "virtual" friends? It sure doesn't feel that way! I love this photo. Cristian has the soul of a poet, except when he's killing zombies on his XBox. ;^)

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

I am so glad you came out well. My dh had one 3 years ago. It scared me more than him but it was little. I am happy someone was with you. My DH drove from Tewksbury to Maine Med. So i am glad you took an ambulance. Those times

Lydia Storm said...

Glad you're still with us!!!

Penelope said...

Hi Steph! I'm glad your husband is OK, too. It's really scary. Hope he is continuing to do well!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Lydia!