I remember the saying “TIME FLIES WHEN YOUR HAVING A GOOD TIME.” I must amend that, because this year has not really been that fun, yet it has flown by.
Last week was my final Surgery; and today my bandages were removed and I am, at last, unencumbered. I am amazed at the speed in which 9 months has past. Yes, it was 9 months ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer: During that time I have endured 1 major operation and this past one, 6 months of Chemo Therapy, Hair Loss (even though it wasn’t expected with my chemo protocol), Weight Gain and broken tooth (well that is story I could sink my teeth into). But guess what, I am still Thankful.
I wake up most mornings happy that it is another day. But today I am struck by the fact that it is the holiday season. This is the time that we reflect back on what has happened in the past, and fix what is wrong or focus on what is right in our life. So today I thought I would share some of my reflections with you.
I am thankful for this blog that I created. It has given me a platform to talk and joke about the seemingly non humorous things going on in my life.
Daily I wake up and am Thankful for my dear friends — I am referring to you all as WE JAM. An acronym for your initials. You were there with me through out it all. You laughed with me and you let me cry on your shoulder. When I needed to be propped up you were my support beams. YOU WERE AND ARE MY ROCK(S)!
Since I can’t wish away the disease, I am thankful that I found it as early as I did. I am thankful my friends introduced me to a Doctor who, I believe, made the difference in how my future unfolded. He was (and is for future patients) a blessing.
And as of this morning, I am thankful that I am truly, completely, and totally DONE!!!! While I still have a few more weeks of healing…I have finished the last procedure regarding this disease. (I am facing my colonscopy in December – but that is because I am 50 and not because I HAD cancer – who new age would be a good excuse for something.)
These months haven’t been all uplifting. Their have been events that have altered my immediate world. Getting Breast Cancer has altered the way I look at things. I am not as lenient towards everything, and I am no longer willing to just sit idly by. If I feel I am being treated unfairly or treated harshly I will not stay quiet. I have faced cancer twice, and if I have been able to stand up to that — so, you better believe I am going to stand up to anyone or anything that tries to make me feel that I am undeserving.
So tomorrow I wake up, the day before the holiday season officially starts, chin up, as the chemo over, newly coiffed, CANCER FREE CAROL….who thinks the last year just flew by like the blink of an eye. AND I AM THANKFUL IT DID!!!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
ENJOY AND BE THANKFUL
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CANCER FREE CAROL – LOVE TO WRITE AND SAY THOSE WORDS!!! YOU ARE ONE AMAZING WOMAN!!!! BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, AND OH SO FUNNY!
YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION!
ALL MY LOVE,
JODI BLOOM XOXO
Hello my beautiful friend. It is funny, you have been on my mind for days, and I open my email and there you are. I was going to write after Thanksgiving. You are beautiful inside and out. Your blogs are so important, because they remind me of the things that are important and do not want to forget. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff, and forget what really counts in life.
Happy holidays to you and all your family. I am glad I can say you have made a difference in my life.
I LOVE YOU CAAAAAA—E
Your blogs are inspiring. SO real and heartfelt. thanks for sharing. I hope that you get stronger as the days go by and continue to celebrate all that you have to be grateful for!!! happy (and healthy) thanksgiving to YOU and yours!
Beautifully thought and written and but a truly beautiful woman.. sending love and thanks to you for sharing your adventures with us. Love to all you and you family.
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