|photo credit: OC Register 9/2007|
I had a visit with my internist today. My cholesterol has been inching a bit higher each year and in December my oncologist suggested that I see my regular internist to ascertain his recommendation regarding medication. Luckily he did not feel that my situation warranted medication and that I am still relatively young (I love hearing that part).
But was more interesting than the whole cholesterol part, was his reaction to my cancer survivorship. I matter of factly stated that in April, I will reach my 8 year mark as a survivor and then I continued on with the next topic.
He stopped and reiterated…
“almost 8 years?”
“That is wonderful… you were stage 2B and now you are 8 years out.”
He was so happy and really wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the milestone.
He really got me to thinking and taking a moment to reflect. Most of the people that I have met in the recent years have no idea that I am a survivor. I really do not think of cancer everyday anymore either… I remember wondering if I would ever get to that point in my life again. I have some pretty intense bone pain most days, but other than that, cancer is not omnipresent in my mind.
Moving forward, I think I will take a few moments to stop and celebrate another day of survivorship.
It really does bring a smile to my face.