Why celebrate at all?
I celebrate because you cheered me on…because we made it through to the other side…because even in negative things there is a positive result! At my recent appointment, my oncologist mentioned (and seemed surprised) that I’d beat the odds …..but he doesn’t know the team I have! (FFF-Faith, friends, and family!)
People ask, “What do you get for your 4th anniversary?” (I saw this on Google, so I know this to be true) …Hallmark suggests fruit/flowers or
juicers appliances. That’s great for marriages, but how should you celebrate cancer, or being free from it? Is there a correct day? Should I turn it over to Miss Manners to decide? Some choices:
- The day the you get gobsmacked by the doctor with the untimely advice that despite your healthy lifestyle you have stage 3C cancer? (August 6, 2012)
- The day they remove the
cantaloupemuskmelon sized tumor that was nestled inside your healthybody. (August 16, 2012)
- The day the doctor decrees you to be #NED (No Evidence of Disease)…Woohoo! (May 30, 2013)
- The day it comes back and you have to do it all over again….surgery…chemo…radiation….humbug (Definitely not this one!) (February 14, 2014….yes, Valentine’s Day!)
- The day you get the next all clear! (completed one year of maintenance doses)(October 6, 2015)
So I have officially chosen August 16th, 2016…four years from my first surgery…Melon Day! My “fruit” anniversary!
I saw a pair of sneakers while trying to avoid political commentary in my Facebook feed by a company named Skicks. They create Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer shoes that help raise awareness. I thought that was the perfect 4th anniversary gift to myself!
Best “fruit” anniversary ever!
What are you celebrating in your life?