The view from One World Trade Center...overlooking Ground Zero

What’s Up?

A few decades ago What’s Up? was one of my favorite songs and it accompanied me on many a walk?

….”trying to get up that great big hill of hope…for a destination

I am so close to my destination! Two more maintenance treatments of Avastin left! Trying to take a breath and reflect on it all. The ubiquitous “Journey” doesn’t quite do this process full justice. It’s been three years since I heard Dr. D introduce himself as the Cancer doctor…Three years since I met the amazing nurses Jackie and Cindy.

I’ve had two surgeries, 25 radiation treatments, and countless chemo treatments (Carbo, Taxol, Taxetere, Gemzar, and Avastin). Don’t forget the two Ovarian Oncologists, one rheumatologist, one neurologist, one Radiation Oncologist, and a sprinkle of radiation from MRI’s and PET scans.  Three years since family and friends rallied around me with support in all forms to beat this nasty disease.

Today, I do wonder why I am still here when many of my “cancer” friends are not. I couldn’t come up with an answer to that question, but I know that I’m thankful for my luck. I do think my positive attitude has made a difference in my survival. I’m grateful that I have an opportunity to have time and health to do the things that matter to me.

I took that thankfulness on the road this summer with a family trip to New York.  If you look carefully in the picture below, you can see The National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The view from One World Trade Center is amazing, but you can’t help but look down at the emptiness that was once the footprint to the Twin Towers. New York City was buzzing all around us, but nestled among busy blocks is an oasis.

The view from One World Trade Center...overlooking Ground Zero
The view from One World Trade Center…overlooking Ground Zero-by Mark Sugino

What fascinated me was the story of the Survivor Tree. This is the impossible story of survival of a single tree that was crushed beneath the rubble of 9/11. This was the one and only tree from the plaza that survived. The tree was nursed back to health and is itself a story of perseverance and resilience. As a side note, it survived Hurricane Sandy as well. That is one tough tree!

Survivor Tree

The take-away lessons for me and although I am a little weathered, I keep going. The permanent issues are livable, so I live with them….and survive. My message?

  • Don’t wait till you get sick to remember what matters
  • A “can-do” attitude is a much needed prescription for any struggle
  • When you get knocked down, get back up, and then do it again. Repeat as necessary.

What are you reflecting on in your life right now?

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7 thoughts on “What’s Up?”

  1. What am I reflecting on? Anytime I think of you and your survival story, I think of my mother. The time that she came to the front of the sanctuary to meet you… that’s the one time I’d seen her step out of her comfort zone to encourage someone else on such a personal level. My mother was a brave patient, as are you. I keep you in my prayers, Kym, and I cherish the times we were able to be together for a few minutes on Sunday, or our lunch at school, or our delivery runs to your house. Miss and love you!

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  2. One of your best, Kym. You’re an inspiration and a living Little Engine that Could.

    I know you’ll keep enjoying doing the things you love with the people you love.

    Sending continued good cyber vibes to one tough and graceful cookie.

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  3. Kym I reflect on what an amazing gift you are to this world. I have followed the journey that you have so generously, honestly and articulately laid out. You have educated a lot of people and opened a lot of hearts. Amazing, wonderful, unique, unsinkable Kym.

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