Dear Friends and Family,
I felt that this post belonged in “The Anchor” category instead of “Adventures in Amsterdam” since it is breast cancer related, don’t get me wrong having breast cancer WAS and STILL IS an “adventure”. Cancer is not an “adventure” that anyone wants to go on or be a part of. Cancer does not discriminate and affects not only the person that is diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers also. Cancer is an AWFUL DISEASE and so many die from this horrible disease, the young and old, and there is STILL NO CURE!
I started reflecting on Breast Cancer Awareness Month this morning at 3:00 A.M. when I woke up and thought to myself I definitely must write today as my thoughts flooded my mind. As I have said before, writing is my therapy.
I eventually fell back to sleep and ran a few errands this morning and packed for my trip to Texas. The reason I am going to Texas is for my six month check-up with my oncologist and radiation oncologist. My 2nd Cancerversary is coming up on November 20th. I have been a nervous wreck lately. Statistically, cancer is more likely to return within the first two years. I try to think more positively, but I always act a little “differently” around my check-up times, just ask my husband – ha, ha. I am going to my appointments now because my last six month appointments were in April.
I am reminded of cancer daily. Every morning when I wake up, the first steps I take in the morning are painful. My body feels “old”. Side effects of the medication I take are painful joints and muscles. Also, my hot flashes have been bothersome. Hot flashes are another side effect of my medication. The scars that I have from surgery are a daily reminder of what my body has been through. I could go on and on, but I will stop there… I am one of the lucky ones to have survived cancer as I sit here and think of those that have LOST THEIR LIVES TO CANCER.
What I want YOU to take-away from this post is to make sure you receive your yearly mammogram along with receiving other preventative tests for different types of cancers.
Anchored in HOPE,