I know that I’ve commented on dates before. Dates just seem to become important for marking milestones in the cancer journey.

For example—

  • August 9, 2006 – 5 years, 7 months and 4 days ago I received confirmation of a cancer diagnosis.
  • August 9, 2008 – 2 years to the date of my diagnosis – this is a hugely important date, I have now survived the statistics.
  • March 26, 2007 – 4 years, 11 months and 16 days ago I completed treatment for my breast cancer.
  • May 1, 2007 – 4 years, 10 months and 12 days ago I had my double mastectomy.

So which date is my fifth anniversary? According to my oncologist, the date I completed treatment. Me? I suppose I’ve been marking it based on my surgery.

So why bring this up? Because today I saw my oncologist. It’s the first time in 4 years. As I sat in the exam room, I had time to reflect that I was there as a patient again. At which point I started to get a little emotional. And when I saw Dr. Attwell again, it was all I could do to stop a tear or two. Full exam. Frank talk.

Wow. FIVE years. FIVE.

Once upon a time I was scared to death that I was would be part of the statistics. I didn’t dare dream beyond 24 months. And yet I did. I persevered. I laughed. I cried.

My next milestone is 10 years. I will count every day and note every date.

Time to shed a few happy tears.



2 thoughts on “five

  1. Time flies no matter if you’re having fun or not but it’s good to stop at special moments like this and give huggies!!!

  2. You continue to inspire me every single day. You are my hero! When I grow up I want to be just like you!!!!!

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