Still, I am leaving, whether I want to or not. Thankfully, we’ve known the day was coming for some time and we’ve been able to spend time together as a family. I’ve also thought a lot about what I want from this deployment. There are a lot of things I want from deployment, such as some weight loss, money saved, etc, but here is my short list:
I want it to be a productive deployment. I don’t want to come back six months later and realize I’m the same guy I was. This is where weight loss and money management come in.
I want to continue fighting CF while I’m away. I have plans to try and meet people if I hit the right port (sorry, can’t tell you which ones). I also plan on continuing a letter campaign. I’m on letter number 2 right now, thus fulfilling my New Year’s Resolution on that matter, but I’d like to fire off a few more even when I’m gone.
I want to have a better fundraising year this year than last. I don’t care if I’m deployed honestly. I’m blessed in that I’m not a Marine or Soldier, so I will have time at the computer where I can work on fundraising, and point people to my wife if I can’t win them over myself. We honestly do hope to raise more this year than last year.
I want to learn Spanish…not crazy well, but well enough to pass in San Diego as a Kansas farm boy who tried to learn a language. That’s all I need.
Thank you all. Your comments so far have energized me as I write for this partnership between myself and Alicia. I know we can beat cystic fibrosis if we keep working at it.
I started this post in the dumps about my deployment, but my spirits are up now. I hope to continue posting even when I’m gone, although probably not as often as I have been so far. And as I get ready to leave, I hope I come back with all of you in good health and us six months closer to a cure for this disease!