Daisypath Anniversary tickers

Daisypath Anniversary tickers

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quick Update!

I've noticed that people are still finding my blog and it's been over four years since I posted.  In case anyone wonders I thought I would mention that I am, indeed, 5 years, 7 months, and 3 weeks officially NED; I am working full time at a job I love; I know that I'm here when many aren't, and I move forward with appreciation.

I still go through acute anxiety with each mammogram ("It'll get better with time," they said. Ha!)  but have graduated to once-a-year mammograms and my surgeon officially released me from seeing him this spring, after 5 years of follow-up.  I still see my oncologist twice a year.  I have neuropathy in my toes and some other slightly annoying side-effects from treatment but they are slight and nothing to complain about, mosquito bites in the overall scheme of things.

It took me a long time to get where I am post-treatment, some of that physical recovery, a lot more of it emotional and mental, but there isn't a day when I'm not grateful to be where I am.  I still have things I'm working on but I'm in a place where I know I can do it.

In short, I'm a pretty happy camper.  I delight in simple things, like fireflies and the moon at night and the clean air after a rain. I love reading, seeing people I love experience life's joys, laughing with a baby.  I'm still picking up pieces and the puzzle that is emerging is a new one but it's fun to see it develop.

If you're reading this, I hope what I've shared gives you one main thing:  hope.  Hope is something I lost for awhile during this journey, not because of cancer but because of everything I was dealing with at one time.  But I feel it again, and I'm grateful.  As I've posted elsewhere in this blog:

Faith is the bird
that feels the light
and sings
when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranth Tagore

I am so happy to feel the light again -- I hope you feel it, too!

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