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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Belated Post! National Cancer Survivors Day

I've been super busy with work, family, friends, and living a normal life! (albeit with monthly infusions of Keytruda) that my poor blog has become neglected. Ugh, must do better!

But I did want to write a short (belated) post that for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 5th, I was honored to write a short guest post on the official website for National Cancer Survivors Day.

It's amazing that I get to call myself a survivor and after being in this battle for so long (and in remission for almost 11 months!!) that it was a true joy to be able to celebrate this day in a different way than the past 6 years. It's funny, I used to think about cancer every single day. Several times a day--sometimes so often that I would get overwhelmed, choked up and desperately wanted to escape my body and my mind to get away from it. And now...I don't. I don't know when it happened, but my priorities shifted and cancer went from being an everyday thing to a sometime thing.

Now I definitely do still think about cancer, especially when I'm forced to go in to the doctor for an infusion or appointment. And I do still have the prospect of a future PET scan which will tell if this remission is still holding out, so occasionally those thoughts keep me up at night. But, the crying fits and anxiety (about cancer at least, lol) are much less in the past year then they have been during this entire journey. And that? Is amazing.

I'm still concerned about the future and what these treatments have done to my body and the long-lasting effects. But I just try and take it one day at a time. Two close family members were recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I tried to provide perspective to both of them...not the "stay strong" BS that I hate, but the advice to just "do you"...basically you have to live your best life (hey Oprah!) and only you can decide what that means and how you'll get there.

Cheers to all the survivors out there!!