No matter what date you have been diagnosed with cancer there is always a one year anniversary. Many people call it the “cancer anniversary”. It is the anniversary of your struggles, your triumphs, your pain and your survival. What is your date?
I think about this year (I was told I had cancer on October 1, 2015 but I consider my anniversary date the last day of chemo on January 17, 2016 because I was cancer free then) and I am awe struck with my accomplishments this past year.
First and foremost, I survived. I survived the shock of getting told I had cancer for the second time, I survived a double mastectomy, I survived my mom living with me for 6 months (LOL- she actually saved me, I couldn’t have done it without her), I survived finding out that I was allergic to many medications, I survived financially (didn’t go into bankruptcy and didn’t even come close), I survived a 22 below zero cold cap on my head four times and I survived to see so much more. That was then…and this is now.
NOW, I found my passion through all of that survival (Footprints In Pink). I found how much it means to me to help others and to give them hope. I remember what hope meant during cancer- it was when I heard that I was accepted to get help financially, it was when I received a card from my chemo angel, it was when a family adopted my family for Christmas and there were so much more examples ( I can’t even type them all).
Hope for a cancer patient comes in many different forms. Even if your cancer treatments seem endless there will always be a “then” and “now”.
I hope that 2017 brings you nothing but hope.