My name is Paul Thomas Russo. I am a 26 year old cancer survivor, born and raised in the beautiful and historic Gloucester, Massachusetts. I will not get too detailed into my cancer story on this page since the rest of this website will have plenty of that content. However, I would like the reader to get a better understanding of who I am on the surface – to see the more materialistic characteristics (though no less important) of my life.
At the time of writing this page, I am a city employee to the City of Gloucester, with hopes that I can give back, as much as I can, to a community that, quite literally, saved my life. I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting and a Minor in Applied Statistics from the prestigious Bryant University down in Smithfield, Rhode Island. After I graduated in 2013, I received my Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2014. If you haven’t fallen asleep yet from that boring information, then congratulations! Let me explain the more important aspects of my life.
I come from an Italian-American family on both my mother and father’s side, most of whom currently reside in Gloucester. I live with my beautiful fiancée, Leah, who acts as both the love of my life as well as my best friend and, as you may be able to tell from the picture above, may be slightly blind or else she would realize her looks far exceed my own. She may be angry with me for sharing even that little amount of information about her, but that’s a chance I am willing to take in order for the reader to get as accurate an introduction of me as possible.
This blog will consist of the stories of my life and the lessons I have learned from my cancer diagnosis. There are most likely hundreds, maybe thousands, of blogs consisting of the journey of a cancer survivor, and I say to them – “good luck, you know as well as I the kinds of things that go through a cancer patient’s mind.”
However, I hope to portray a different approach to my cancer story. In my current perspective, I am truly glad that I have been diagnosed with cancer. I see it, not as a curse but, as a genuine blessing, dare I say – an awakening.
Please enjoy! I hope this blog makes you smile, laugh, and cry all at once. I hope it teaches you life lessons – not just for cancer survivors, but for everyone trying to live a fulfilled and mindful life.