Jen Sees Paul McCartney

March 6, 2015

Last August, we sent Jen to see Paul McCartney at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. She had recently been diagnosed with leukemia and was struggling with her new reality. She needed the healing power of music and her heartfelt testimonial here says it all:

“When I had the opportunity to attend the Paul McCartney I was struggling with my diagnosis of leukemia. My treatment plan was starting to work and my health was improving but it was the emotional scars that I had difficulty dealing with. Almost everyone had stopped treating me like “jen” and it seemed that everyone began looking at me or treating me as “the friend with leukemia.”

I was in that place where people didn’t want to talk about everyday normal things because they just wanted to know “how I was doing.” My whole world had been turned upside down and I felt like I would never feel like “me” again. But then, because of your generosity, I was able to attend the Paul McCartney concert and for at least an evening I felt “normal.” Surrounded by thousands of cheering fans, I was just one of the crowd. I wasn’t “Jen the leukemia patient” but “Jen the Beatles fan”

 I cannot explain to you how much joy I had to spend a few hours with my closest friends just being me.  We didn’t talk about my health or my treatment but sang beloved songs until we were hoarse.  It was the first time since I was diagnosed that I was able to hope for “a normal life.” It meant the world to me and I will never be able to tell you how much I appreciate all you do.

One of the catalysts for this follow up email was to give you an additional thanks. A week ago I was told that my treatments have stopped working. I won’t bore you with the complicated details what’s going on with my leukemia but needless to say its been a tough few days for me as we have begun looking at “next steps.” Last Saturday I was overwhelmed by emotions of what I am facing but as I was getting ready for the day, I saw the t-shirt I got at the Paul McCartney Concert.  I put it on that morning and something happened. I remembered what it felt like to be more than just a diagnosis. I remembered how good it felt to be at such an amazing event and I remembered that there is beauty in this world that is waiting for me. I am facing so many uncertainties about my future but I am grateful for a bright and shining moment during my journey. Thank you so much for all you do and all of the Love that you brought into my life.”