I earlier posted Vivian Connell’s letter in which she described her reaction when she learned she has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Vivian here tells us of her continuing journey and reminds us of her boldness of spirit, her determination to squeeze out of life all she can without self-pity but with courage.

I really liked her opening epigram:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Vivian reminds us that each of us must decide how we will spend “the time that is given us.” None of us knows whether that time will be marked in days, weeks, months, or years.

The choice is ours.

Vivian will soon launch her Kickstarter campaign to raise money to take students to the U.S. Holocaust Museum. When she does, you will hear about it.

In the meanwhile, Vivian, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Miracles happen.