Yesterday was the anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. My “cancerversary,” if you will.
Here’s what my life looks like today…
- I haven’t seen a hospital in months.
- I get a lot of restful sleep.
- I take zero pills for anything. My only drug is coffee.
- I can move a lot without getting tired.
- My temp is never over 98.6.
- I enjoy a couple drinks a week (always in moderation).
- The only question I have about my health relates to how soon I can drop the weight I put on during treatment (and it’s more of a rhetorical question that can be answered by how diligently I workout and eat right).
- A week from tomorrow I’ll be running my first half marathon in over two years.
- Tomorrow my son turns 5.
- My hair is short and bright blonde and most days crazy looking.
- We have a dog.
These are all things that are very different than how my world looked a year ago.
This is how my life looked a year ago…
- I was actually being discharged from my second stint in a hospital after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Well technically they first diagnosed me as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma…but the final pathology report said Hodgkin’s).
- I couldn’t sleep lying down and had to sleep sitting up in a recliner.
- I was on Advil 24/7 for all the pain in my back and neck.
- I got winded going up the stairs or taking a shower or moving too much, in general.
- My temp was never below 99.8 (a low grade fever) and I bounced between night sweats and chills constantly.
- I hadn’t had a drink of alcohol in months for fear of how painful it would be.
- I was grateful that I had an answer to the questions that had plagued me about my declining health for the last 6 months, but also not too thrilled that it was potentially one of the worst things ever.
- My son was just about to turn 4.
- My hair was long and thick and gorgeous.
- We did not have any pets.
Obviously, my life is trending in the right direction. Which is amazing. And I continue to focus on the things that will only make this life better.
- Spending lots of time with friends and family.
- Making an amazing home that I love to spend time in.
- Finding new roads in my professional path that drive me to learn more or increase my current skill set.
- Being in control of my health and getting back to running.
- Snuggling with puppies. Oh man, there is so much more of this in my life now and I love it!
- Writing, writing, writing.
So yeah – in a nutshell – things are pretty good.
I had a lot more I wanted to say, but it’s a beautiful summer day and I don’t want to spend it glued to a computer anymore. Also, I have a party to prep!
As always, thanks for tuning in.