As many of my friends know, I was diagnosed with Leukemia in the spring of 2016 after living with a rare blood disorder for nearly 20 years. In the summer of 2016, I underwent a complete bone marrow transplant at The Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut. I was on medical leave from the Hartt School in the fall of 2016 while I was growing a new immune system and returned in the spring semester of 2017. I have been very fortunate that my body responded well to the transplant. I had a 20 year-old donor from Germany who was a 100% genetic match and my body is now 100% donor. I continue to feel great and am back working out and trying to be the best dad, husband, conductor, teacher and human I can be. A big marker for my recovery is the two-year point, which is when they are somewhat confident that the cancer will not return. The "gold standard" is the five-year marker because they have not seen a case past five years where the cancer comes back. I continue to learn so much from this cancer. I have a better sense of what is really important in our short existence on this earth. I now value my friends more than I ever have and I am taking more time to try and be in the moment...to live deeply and fully in every moment. It's been enlightening to realize that we can exist for years without ever being present in a moment or connected to our bodies. My friends, enjoy each day, each moment and remember to take time to simply breathe into your being.