Today I am celebrating my 40th birthday. You know what I said to age 39? "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out." Age 39 was the worst year of my life. Even if nothing eventful happens at age 40, it will still be better than the suckiest suck suck 39.
I am so eloquent in my old age, aren't I?
Surviving 40 years on this planet is a triumph. Many people I love didn't make it to 40. Mike only made it to 37. He's been gone for 40 weeks now.
And why am I still here when so many others are not? It is pointless to ask why. I can only say thank you, and there but for the grace of God go I. After a year of death and illness, I am blessed to be here celebrating my birthday with people I love: happy, healthy, and alive.
Since it's my birthday, I am making a birthday wish. My wish is to help other people avoid terrible years like my age 39. My wish is that other families will not have to experience the pain, confusion, and regret that Mike's suicide has caused me and my family. My wish is that someone else's brother can get help before it's too late.
To help make my birthday wish come true, please consider supporting me in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Community Walk. On September 26, 2010, I will join thousands of people nationwide to walk in AFSP's San Francisco Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I walk in memory of Mike, who I will love and cherish forever.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 33,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
I would appreciate any support that you could give for this worthwhile cause.
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