Today is a celebration! Not the usual one, but the one I like the most. There will be no presents and probably no cake. For me, another year of survivorship is the best gift of all. Today is my 19 year “Cancerversary!”
Most people consider the day they finish treatment as their Cancerversary date. I look at it differently. Mine started the day I heard my doctor tell me the awful news. Since the shock didn’t kill me I figured I was a survivor!
Unless you’ve been down that road you can’t truly understand what this day means to me. So many ups and downs. So many times I wavered. Would I make it? Would I see my daughter grow up? Would my hair REALLY grow back? Would I ever feel normal again? Nineteen years later, I did make it. My daughter is a beautiful woman, I’m considered fairly normal, and, yes…I have hair!
I received a card today from a good friend. It read, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Can you bench press a Buick yet?” It was perfect! While she hasn’t experienced cancer, she does understand what this day means to me. She’s seen me struggle and she’s seen me get stronger. She understands what a Cancerversary is!
Watch out Buicks, here I come!
19 year survivor of stage 2 breast cancer