The Actual Dance is a play that presents the events of the year 2000 from the point of view of the spouse of the woman going through breast cancer. From diagnosis to her life as a survivor, Susan Simon, my wife has endured. An unlikely survivor. The Actual Dance is the story of that experience from my perch. The husband. This the 4th year of my October daily blogs, my focus is a bit more on myself
Day 25 Susan’s Birthday. “Susan. Susan Meryl Kalmans. That is her maiden name. I can remember the first time I ever even noticed Susan. … We were just 16 years old.”
I have known Susan 57 years! As it turns out Susan was 54 years old at the start of her first year of treatment. The Actual Dance is about events that happened during through her 55th year. It was a year when the future was uncertain. Indeed, I did not believe she would survive. Susan’s Mother had died at the age of 56 from metastasized breast cancer; and my mother had died at the age of 66 from metastasized breast cancer. “I know how this story is going to end, there is not going to be a good out come here.” is another line from the show. The spoiler alert, Susan is alive and well.
Susan today, October 25th, 2018, on her 73rd birthday, will get up and go to the gym. She exercises six days a week
We had our Golden Anniversary in 2016. Check out the poem and the song and like our Golden Anniversary page on Facebook.
Much of my life is now spent telling the story of my life during that year. And on her birthday – this 73rd year, I am so thankful that she is still alive and well and we are living out a full life.
Stat of the Day: Susan was born on 25th October 1945. Her age is seventy-three years. About 298000 other babies were born on that day, what are the odds of us finding each other!
Task of the Day: Make a donation to the American Cancer Society Making Strides program here. Or just sign up for one of their walks!
Resource of the Day: Everything you ever wanted to know about your birthday: here and here and here.
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