Last issue, I told you about my personal health issues and that I was about to go on a journey of a lifetime and receive a stem cell transplant. Since that day, I have been in isolation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After almost 7 months of treatment, the finish line is within sight.
For those of you interested in the whole Stem Cell transplant process, I started a blog at www.ronpramschufer.com. I had fun writing in it and have kept it pretty lighthearted and somewhat irreverent. Maybe I’ll turn it into a book someday … it still has a long way to go. I want to thank all of you who wrote to me. Your kind words and prayers came right at the perfect moment.
As for the initial question … This has been a very emotional time (much more than I would have guessed). Hours upon hours in isolation has had me reviewing and re-reviewing every aspect of my life. I’ve probably cried more times in the last 30 days than I have in the last 50 years.
I tell friends and families that I’ll probably work until I’m 80 … 90 maybe. For many years now, my full-time job has also been my part-time job as well as my hobby. I love what I do. It’s a good thing I do love it because there is about zero chance to “retire” in the traditional sense. On the flip side of things, my sister just retired from her government job and is set for life. This, of course, goes back to the original question. Maybe it was time to compromise my principles a bit and make more money. But once you start compromising, where do you stop? My answer came in the way of an email, a few short days later. To say I was taken aback would be an understatement. I still cannot make it through the email without breaking down into tears.
I share this with you in complete humility and an assurance that it’s all been worth it and that, Lord willing, I will do the same thing for the next 40 years.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I just read in the newsletter that you are dealing with a major health issue, and I wanted to tell you that my thoughts are with you. I’m sure you have a lot of support and love and you sound like your attitude is great, not unlike your attitude about self-publishing.
But, while you are receiving treatments and getting well I wanted to tell you what you’ve done for me.
Because of you, I have self-published five books in three years and have another one in the cooker.
Because of you, I have gained a confidence in my writing and my reasons for writing that I never knew before.
Because of you, I have been able to share the process with other like-minded souls and included them in either editing my work or writing their own.
Because of you, my son is on the brink of self-publishing his astounding children’s book, or as he put it, “If you can do it, Mom, then what am I afraid of?”
Because of you, I no longer think the fun is over for this lifetime or predictable. When things get static, I write a book, and because of you, I intend to use at least ten ISBN numbers, because in your Self Publishing book, you told me to.
Because of you, I have had two book signings in my favorite location in the world, Balboa Island, CA, and because of you I was surrounded by supportive family, and new and old friends, who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten together and laughed so much.
I know that we all go through life just doing the things we do and sometimes we don’t realize the impact we have on others. So, I thought if I were in the hospital, dealing with major health issues, I’d love to hear from people whom I’ve touched. It would warm my heart and give me renewed strength, which is what I hope this note does for you.
Thanks for making it fun and easy…and hurry back. You will be missed.”