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