17 February 2011
Today is my cancerversary!
A year ago today my doctor called, and it was not the expected “you are fine” phone call. Instead, it would become the day “cancer” would come into my life – a terrifying moment, a day every cancer survivor forever remembers.
In the cancer community, you typically say that you’re a survivor from the day you received your diagnosis. So, I am counting today as my anniversary date – or my cancerversary as some say.
I know, I know! It’s the five-year celebration that allows you to really take a deep sigh of relief. But this one-year celebration lifts my spirits immensely.
Today I will celebrate enduring one of the toughest years of life - living with, through and beyond cancer. A little champagne tonight, with a toast to my medical team, family and friends, colleagues and new acquaintances who lifted me up and surrounded me in care and love and immense support. They helped make this tough year much more bearable.
One year later: I’ve endured four months of chemotherapy and twenty-five radiation treatments – medical miracles that can truly obliterate cancer cells. In four months I went under the knife three times – once to remove my breasts, twice to give me what I call “my party favors” from UAMS for having to endure the heartache of breast cancer. Pain in my legs persists from the osteoporosis created by the chemotherapy, and next week I’ll see a lymphedema specialist to help me with the swelling in my right arm. My hair is quite short, and a new shade of gray – but hey, I have hair!. And each morning I swallow a handful of pills, one of them to be my medicine of choice for the next four years.
The end result – I’m alive, I survived and I don’t have cancer! My UAMS and CARTI teams have kicked cancer’s butt!
Last night’s fortune cookie: "Times long ago will present a special treasure to you.”
Obviously that treasure is life, and I will celebrate the gift each day, along with 12 million other survivors in the USA.
Here’s to one year, and counting . . .
Posted by Stacy Sells at 6:17 AM