I recently passed another milestone…Cancerversary #2! It has been 2 years since my diagnosis.
All of my check-ups over the last couple of months have been great (Oncologist, Breast Surgeon, Endocrinologist, Dermatologist, Internist). I’ve had some lymphodema in my neck (from the 20 lymph nodes that were removed during the thyroidectomy). But I worked with my Physical Therapist for several weeks and she taught me how to do the simple daily lymph drainage massage on my neck. Another task to add to my list but really not difficult. The only health issue I have had lately is that I caught a nasty virus from the kids that lasted 4 weeks! (Flu-like symptoms, horrible cough, hives, cold symptoms). It completely threw off my exercise routine of course but I’m finally getting back to that. All four of us were sick so I know it wasn’t a compromised immune system on my part. Before the virus hit though, I was feeling great.
In February, we were able to go to Maui and celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary! On our anniversary, we went to the exact place where we were married and had dinner and enjoyed a beautiful sunset (photos attached). It was so nice to have that time in Maui to relax and unwind.
I continue to be grateful for each day with my family and am blessed for the strength I do have. It’s always a little awkward to explain my wellness journey to new people I meet, but I stand by what I have said many times: I’m actually grateful for the “positives” that have come out of my cancer diagnoses. I’ve been happier in the last two years then I was the two years before my diagnosis. My relationship with my husband is better than ever, many of my OCD tendencies are gone, and I truly understand the messages of “stop and smell the roses” and “enjoy the moment”.
Someone recently asked me if the doctors gave me an idea of when or if either cancer will return. My doctors do not try to “guess” that and I don’t ask. I figure, “no one knows how long they will be on this earth”…hence the reason we should live in the present moment. The doctors do say however, they see no reason why I couldn’t expect to live a very long (even normal) life span.
I’m staying strong and remaining POSITIVE. I exercise regularly (when I’m not sick), eat cleanly, and try to get enough sleep and relax (a little hard to do with a 4 and 5 year old but I manage). 🙂
I hope you all are well and enjoying Spring!