Joan with Friends - Nov 2013Welcome, Joan’s Journeyers. This Joan’s Journey installment is overdue and I apologize. My intentions were on time, but life — or should I say death — got in the way. Recently, a very dear, longtime friend, Sheldon Sherman, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. I dedicate this piece to him and his brave and devoted wife, Stephanie Block-Sherman.

On our last visit, as his strength was waning, he took my hand, his sparkling, dark brown eyes looked straight into mine, and he unexpectedly said, “Take care of yourself.” My dying friend was concerned about my health and my future. I was overwhelmed. With tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, I promised this exceptionally wonderful man I would do my best.

Which leads us to Baltimore Bucket List Item #1: Take care of yourself. Now, exactly what does that mean? With Shel gone, that’s a request and a promise I’ll have to explore while in Baltimore and as I move along the road to senior housing.

Joan London is a freelance medical and social service writer who plans to relocate from Baltimore to a senior housing community close to her children in Southern California. 

To read the rest of Joan’s post, view "Part 16: Baltimore Bucket List Begins With Unexpected Twist" of Joan’s Journey: the Search for Senior Housing.