My 2nd Anniversary
Happy Anniversary to me! I can not believe that I am finally at the 2 year mark. Yes, 2 years ago today, I was diagnosed with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma, also known as breast cancer. I can now think about that dreaded day, February 5th, 2016, without immediately getting teary eyed. Don’t get me wrong, I still get a little choked up when I tell my story, as I relive some of the dreaded memories. I remember when I was first diagnosed, like it was yesterday. Back then, I remembered wishing that I could fast forward the time by at least 6 months to get through chemo, then another 6 months to get through my mastectomy and radiation, and getting back to feeling “normal again”. As much as I wanted the time to go by quickly, it felt like every day while receiving treatment, was like eternity.
Researcher shows that surviving breast cancer for 5 years, significantly reduces the risk of reoccurrence. The non medical community interprets this to mean that a women is not truly cancer free until after they are cancer free for 5 years. To me, each year with a clean mammogram, and being cancer free is a blessing. 5 years is just a bonus. I am a survivor.
To help put my cancer journey further and further in my rear view mirror, I began the breast reconstruction process about three months ago. Reconstruction is a huge step in not only healing, but also in becoming whole again. Breast reconstruction is an emotional journey within itself. It is not only a reminder of the cancer journey, but an opportunity to continue to heal. Unfortunately, reconstruction in my situation, is not a quick fix. In my situation, it is a journey of its own, involving multiple surgeries to prepare my damaged skin and tissue for the reconstruction. A journey that I am ready and prepared to take part in. Stay tuned, I will share more about my reconstruction journey soon.
Celebrate the survivor in your life. We are not promised tomorrow, so live and be thankful for each day.