We all know what it’s like.

This week, I’m sick. I’m tired from travel and working weekend volunteer hours and all these weather changes are making my allergies a nightmare.

We all know what that’s like.

This week, work is dragging and there’s lots of it, so I haven’t had time to catch up on personal things. Like doing dishes, or say keeping this blog updated.

We all know what that’s like.

This week, a friend of mine (the one who made these amazing cookies for our anniversary) is facing some unforeseen medical expenses. She’s twenty-something and working a full-time job and doing everything right but she’s a millennial like us who doesn’t always have the world’s largest rainy day fund.

We all know what that’s like.

This week, that friend was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is twenty-something and she has cancer. And those medical bills are expanding exponentially in front of her.

Can you even imagine what that’s like?

It gets a little harder to justify capitulating on the self pity when you hear things so shocking, unexpected, overwhelming happening to real people in your life.

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So, I came out of blog hibernation temporarily to tell you this –

I know there are a million things you can do with your finite free dollars. And I know there are a million causes out there they could go to, but I encourage you to consider this one. Because it’s not a cause. It’s a person named Kristine. Exactly, exactly, exactly like you and me. And she’s a pretty cool girl. And in these situations there’s not a whole hell of a lot you can do to feel useful and actually help, but in this case you can do something to relieve a little bit of stress for someone real and just like you.

What can you do?

Skip Starbucks this week and give $25 to Kristine’s Cancer Fund.

I’ve heard you can make a pretty decent Pumpkin Spice Latte at home for $1. Check it out.

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