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Having brain cancer has had a wonderful way of changing my perspective on just about everything, including turning 50 today.  When I turned 30 I was sad to be getting older.  Today, I have no wish to be young again.  I harbor little nostalgia for years gone by.  I have only immense gratitude for this day, for the privilege of turning 50, for being alive.

I am very, very happy to be 50.  Bring it on, y’all!


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Amy Peck Murphy
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Beautiful vitality in your face, Fran; you and I, as cancer survivors, share that “new perspective.” Every single day is, truly, a precious gift. Happy Belated!

Melanie Ormand
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Fran! Just met you courtesy NYT & its interview with you. I’m drawn to your story for 3 reasons: I survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2012 & have undergone 4 brain surgeries since; I’m on ObamaCare and share your fears of its repeal or replacement with the awful AHCA; and I’m a writer, to boot! My worries about the future of American health insurance led me to write about those fears, which were published by STAT News/First Opinion (part of Boston Globe) on 4/3/17. AND, like you, I just had a “marker” birthday, turning 60 on 2/26. Soooo —… Read more »
Phil
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Happy Birthday Fran. We miss you.

Phil
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You look great Fran. Happy Birthday and many, many more.

Kathleen M Adams
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And what a beautiful 50! You wear your years well, with grace and wisdom. Happy birthday!

Anni Cuny
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God bless & party on!

Susan
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Happy Big 50, Fran! You look great!

Eileen
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Like Jean said you look fabulous!!!

Jean
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Forget good… you make 50 look FABULOUS!! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! LOVE YOU!!!

Jill paitsel
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Keep up the great attitude. Grateful is good!!!

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