Below is the closing paragraph of an email that Anna sent to Texas Tech administrators on March 12 of this year informing them of her need for a leave of absence while she goes to M.D. Anderson for a bone marrow transplant.
“Although my odds of having a successful bone marrow transplant for a second time with my blood disease (odds are only 20-30% and this is the final treatment option), I want and will continue to work for NWI, to finish the last two chapters of my dissertation, and to spread some of the light and love that I was taught at TTU. Most importantly – I want to be able to hold my head up high knowing that I did the very best I could in this life. Thank you for being a part of it. I appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to coming back at full speed! With my most humble and grateful appreciation,”
Anna T. Young
Anna’s odds are not excellent. Her attitude is. She has work left to be done as you can see.
Regardless of what our odds are or what our work that is left to be done may be, shouldn’t we all say that I “want to be able to hold my head up high knowing that I did the very best I could in this life”?