See I just lost my momma almost 2 months ago on 02/28/13. She was feeling tired and nauseous, thinking she had the flu and after a week she went into the hospital and on February 10th she was diagnosed with Leukemia, AML specifically. We got her through the first round of chemo with it doing very little to touch the cancer (it got only 5%) and then her very healthy 56-year old body just couldn’t handle the nasty effects of the chemo. Evidently she had FLT3, a mutant of AML, that is the rarest, fastest moving form of Leukemia. Bless her heart, we lost her just 18 days after her diagnosis. She was the most wonderful mother who inspired me more than you know: she always put her kids first, devoted her life to her marriage of 38 years, proved that you could do anything at any age (got her bachelor’s degree at 48!), and inspired me to go on and achieve wonderful things. She’s not famous….she didn’t make a ton of money…she didn’t ever want recognition….but she touched MORE lives MORE deeply than any other person I know.
I felt compelled to write you because I just got my MORE magazine just the other day and it warmed my heart. With mother’s day approaching, the sadness is welling up in my heart the closer it gets. But getting your magazine each month (that she has on auto-pay to this day!) is like an ongoing little reminder of her presence in my life. It has been for years and now so it means even more.
So thank you. I know you’re in the business of magazines, but through that, you can and do touch lives.
First off, congratulations on producing such a great magazine!
In this months issue of MORE, Lesley Jane Seymour spoke of how to be an age warrior. I thought of my 1,300 word true story, "Just Relax." I was coming to grips with, well--the grips of a young guy squeezing my thighs. This is what 40-50 feels like!
Another massage that went awry took place in New York. I've attached the 1,500 word "Gothic Massage." The first one was a Southern California experience and both rub downs were anxiety provoking for different reasons. I think these tales would have a strong appeal to your readership. And, who doesn't need a laugh? Neither of these stories have been published.
I am the author of two novels of women's contemporary fiction and produce storytelling events in Long Beach, California. My third novel, "The Valentine State" will be available in June. You may read more about me on my website, naturally. (I would love to use italics in this letter, however this email version won't let me. Sorry.)
Thank you for your time and consideration.I just read the letter from the editor about how to be an age warrior. I for one am sick of the negativity surrounding aging. Comments like "bring the subject of aging out in the open" or "we need to keep going" only supports that kind of negativity,speaking of aging as though it's a disease. I love the aging process,not everyone sees it as something we wish we could stop. Yes, it may have drawbacks but those existed in being young also. There is no perfect age.
I looked forward to turning 40 for several years, knowing at that point I would have accomplished certain things and that many of may goals will have already been met. I appreciate the wisdom and confidence that come with getting older because of life experiences. I'm no longer struggling with education, career, or family ambitions. I can focus on me now and having fun and doing anything I want or don't want.
I enjoy fashion but I'm not worried with how I'm viewed, I realize now, how clothes make me feel is what's important. I love not having to keep up appearances in any aspect of my life, I've earned where I am at in life and I will enjoy it anyway I see fit.
Yes, youth is wonderful but aging also has so many upsides and I for one embrace it! Enjoy life at every age!
I was bitchy enough to complain about your former, out-dated photo; it is past time for me to compliment you on your lovely, up-to-date head shot.