Yesterday was my ten-year cancer anniversary. Those who have been in my shoes understand that it’s a day of reflection. A day where you review all the milestones that have occurred in the last decade and wonder what will happen next.
A few to mention:
(1) I was on national television.
(2) I got to live in New York for a while. I survived the subway and tag sales and bad Mexican food.
(3) I have been to many cancer screens, visits, and appointments, but my cancer has not metastasized. Survival is just as good as the next test. So far I’m hanging in there.
(4) I had many interactions with Martha Stewart.
(5) Got to eat at a fancy NYC restaurant with Donald Trump
(6) I wrote a children’s book on contract for a company in California
(7) We had a baby girl, who is so precious
(8) I had a life-threatening infection after the birth of our little girl. I was in the hospital for a month. I survived.
(9) I wrote a novel about the extraordinary friendship between two women. One woman undergoes a battle with cancer, which was cathartic and memorable to write about. Part of it’s very funny, and I like funny. After tears and late nights and edits and hundreds of pages thrown out, I did it. I survived the novel-writing process.
(10) I got on facebook and connected with old friends I hadn’t heard from in years
(11) We had a baby boy. So love that little guy.
(12) My heart stopped right before the c-section when my son was born, as I was lying on the table. They had to do resuscitation measures. Miraculously, I survived.
(13) My husband and I went to Maine, and as we were on a yacht off the coastline, I was so glad he married me so many years ago
(14) I worked as General Counsel to a large medical group, a job I never thought I’d attain and was so thrilled to have. Being a lawyer is quite fun.
(15) I quit said wonderful job as described above to stay home
(16) We moved into a wonderful limestone house. We have a garden and land to roam. Next up is chickens.
(17) I started a blog
(18) Our house was struck by lightening. We survived.
(20) My novel is not yet published, but I’m still trying
By His mercy and grace, I keep surviving. Here’s to the next decade. Let it be as rich and wonderful as this one. Let me live every day with compassion and curiosity. After all, I want to do more than survive. I want to sing. I want to write. I want to thrive.