So, you are wondering why I am writing this post, huh? Well, it is not to be flooded with well wishes for many birthdays in the future, it is more for me.
This birthday is very special because just over one year ago, I was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer; the same cancer affecting my aunt as well as my sister. In both cases, their cancer has metastasized and has now affected other organs. Though both have been in treatment, neither have been cured. So, I am happy to report as a special birthday present to me, I’ve been declared “breast cancer free”
But this is a testament to how fortunate I am and it also makes me determined to be there more for both my sister and aunt as they continue their struggle. As I have met other women in the struggle against breast cancer, I have tried to provide them with any helpful information that I found while out on medical leave for 7 months as well as continue any therapies that I have to so that I remain cancer free.
I was fortunate to have a health-conscious, vegan daughter who works at an Organic market. Through her, I was able to find many products that assisted in my recovery during some of the worse treatments I’ve ever experienced. I thought a bone marrow test was the worse experience in my life until I had to suffer through not one, not two but THREE Needle Guided MRI Breast Biopsies! All at once! I have never cried so hard in my lifetime! I mean the snot running, cheeks streaked with tears type of crying, just like in the dramas!
So, as I approach another year and I continue to be thankful of still being here and relatively healthy, I want to take the time to thank the friends who constantly provided well-wishes and encouraging words; thank the many people at the university that provided food and many, many words that uplifted my spirits and also my family that worried about me as well as my other family members that continue to fight the struggle. So hello $$ years old and onto 2016!! More dramas! More dramas! More dramas!!