Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Today is my 8-month breast cancer survivor anniversary. I was officially diagnosed in December 2011, had a lumpectomy in early January 2012, radiation treatments every weekday the entire month of February (all while still working) & I have to take medication for 5 years. I got off easy, really. The cancer was very tiny & confined to a milk duct. I am so thankful for mammograms!! There was no lump for me to find because the cancer was microscopic, so if the mammogram hadn’t picked up something wonky, it could have been so much worse!!! As a side note, Folks, please, please, please . . . go get your mammograms, pap smears, prostate tests, colonoscopies, or whatever it is you’ve been putting off!! Early detection is key!! I didn’t have to have chemo because the disease was caught so early. Yeah, the tests are uncomfortable & inconvenient, but having the tests done is much less inconvenient than having cancer, I can assure you!!
Anyway, back to my story. God was so good to me as He always is & though things were a bit unnerving at times, I was at peace. I knew in my heart, as soon as the word “cancer” was spoken from my doctor’s lips, that I would eventually be ok. After all, I come from a family of fighters who put their whole faith in God. I am the 5th person in my family (& third generation) to have some type of cancer, so we’ve walked a similar road a few times before. As you can imagine, I was anxious to get to the end of this detour – to reach my “cancer free” destination.
While I would never want to go back & take the “cancer road” again, I would not trade, for any amount of money, all that I learned while I was on that road. Though the journey was hard at times, I learned some truly valuable & priceless things & even had a few laughs along the way.
First & foremost, my relationship with God was more solidified during that time. I constantly leaned on Him for support & I knew that He was walking with me every step of the way. I also learned that I HAVE to take time to stop & smell some roses – I need some “me” time. Even God rested, why shouldn’t I? Plus, I have learned to laugh more, rest more, cherish my relationships more, exercise more & eat healthier foods, just to name a few.
If I could share with you just one gold nugget, it would be this: Life is too short to not enjoy the journey on the way to your destination. We are not promised a tomorrow. Sometimes the journey is hard, but there are so many blessings along the way, you just might have to search a little to find them, but they are ALWAYS there. Enjoy the journey!!