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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
Amy Peck Murphy
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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 — all a windy way of saying I’m sorry you’ve had to undergo the journey of brain cancer, I wish you all the best. Let’s hope and pray sanity will step in and right the ship that is our healthcare. ACA needs tweaks, not the trashcan!
Blessings, Melanie Ormand

Phil
Phil
3 years ago

Happy Birthday Fran. We miss you.

Phil
Phil
3 years ago

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

Kathleen M Adams
Kathleen M Adams
3 years ago

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

Anni Cuny
Anni Cuny
3 years ago

God bless & party on!

Susan
Susan
3 years ago

Happy Big 50, Fran! You look great!

Eileen
Eileen
3 years ago

Like Jean said you look fabulous!!!

Jean
Jean
3 years ago

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

Jill paitsel
Jill paitsel
3 years ago

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

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