Celebrating Survival Day

Fighting CancerYesterday was a traditional day of celebration as it was my birthday.

But in my eyes the importance of my birthday has now been superseded by today’s anniversary.

Three years ago today, the day after my birthday, I was diagnosed with cancer.

While my birthday measures the days since I came into this world, I now feel a greater sense of celebration when this new milestone of survival passes by.

Three years ago my life, as I knew it, span off on a terrible tangent. I was thrust into six weeks of being sizzled by radiation daily and the horrendous weekly injections of chemo cocktails that completely befuddled my mind and nauseated my entire being.

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Fighting cancer was suddenly the beginning and the end of each day.

That dark period was bookended with what seemed to be a continuous series of visits to doctors and specialists  or to the hospital for injections, scans, tests and operations.

They were grim days when I did not know how much longer I’d be able to cling to this mortal coil. On the darkest days my hopes faded. It seemed all too hard to endure.

Statistics indicated that not many in my condition survive two years. I worried life could come to a shuddering halt. I did not know when it would stop or if I be lucky enough to roll on. That reality hit like a torpedo in the midships of my life.

Now here I sit, at the three-year mark. That wonderful fact is of enormous importance to me. I am just plain lucky. I do not deserve it and have not earned it or discovered any dietary or holistic cure. I am just fortunate – for whatever reason.

So, today I am celebrating my survival.

I wish all those currently going through the travails of cancer treatment a swift recovery and a long, happy and healthy life.

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  2. Lourdes Trajano says:

    Thank you, your words are inspiring me to keep going, celebrating life, as you say just for being ‘fortunate’. Getting to a 3 year mark post cancer diagnosis is indeed a milestone. The journey since diagnosis is certainly not pleasant, I try not to dwell much of the dark hazy days of treatment battering body and mind. My scars reminds me now that I survived.

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