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.
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!