Birthday Blessings

Today is my birthday. Another year of health and happiness. Another year to enjoy life, to travel, and to be with my family and friends.

I am truly blessed to make it this far. When I was diagnosed, I had less than a 24% chance of living 5 years. It has now been 3 years – I’m not out of the woods yet – but I feel great and my scans are CLEAR!

YES, you read that right!! I met my oncologist today and my 6 month scan is ‘squeaky clean’ as he likes to say. I’ve now had clean scans for a year and a half. Woohoo!! It was the BEST birthday present a girl could ask for!!

I told my doc today that I can’t wait to get fired from his practice – that would be the best day of my life. Even if I get to walk away from my oncologist and live without fear of a recurrence, I still have the scars to remind me of what I went through. I still have the memories and I’m a different person because of what I went though.

Happy Day of Birth to Me!

Cancer may have changed me, but it will never break me. Like a tree in a storm, I will bend and sway with the wind. Some of my branches may break, but I will grow new branches. My bark will grow around the scars and become stronger. I will endure the rain and soak up the sun.

No matter what, I will always be.

The funny thing about life is that we always want what we can’t have. After having cancer, I understand the true meaning of a birthday. Another year to LIVE. Another year to LOVE. Another year to make a difference in the world! THIS is what life is all about. Don’t ever get blind sighted by what society thinks – focus on how you feel. And don’t take the little things for granted.

Most women I know DREAD hitting a birthday. They want to reclaim their youth and don’t want to divulge their age. Yet, I can’t wait to hit the big milestone of 50. It would be against the odds and the biggest blessing I could ever ask from the world. I would be BEYOND excited! Like, going to the bar and buying a round of tequila shots for EVERYONE excited!

So raise your tequila glasses, everyone. Here’s to health, happiness, and another year of life ahead!

6 thoughts on “Birthday Blessings

  • January 22, 2018 at 6:06 pm
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    That is awesome Your words are true inspiration

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    • January 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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      Thank you, Jeff!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    Have an awesome Birthday and thanks again for all you do
    Hugs Vicki

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    • January 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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      Thank you, Vicki! I hope you’re doing well!!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm
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    Happy Birthday and what a wonderful gift!
    I fully understand your joy. I will be 70 in less than 2 weeks. That in itself is a milestone but it has been 26 months since my high risk Prostate Cancer, Gleason 9, diagnosis.and 43 years since my first Cancer.
    In both cases I have been very fortunate to have a strong, supportive wife at my side. She has written about my Cancers and how it changed me. Would like to share that with you but not the public just yet.
    Be happy for every day, help others as you can, love life and love your partner.
    If you can do these then you can conquer most anything.

    Thank you for your posting – keep it up!

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    • January 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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      Wow, Robert – YOU are an inspiration! Every day is a blessing, and birthdays help remind us of how far we’ve come 🙂 Happy early birthday!

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