One year ago yesterday I was undergoing a bi-lateral mastectomy in an effort to greatly reduce my chances of the cancer coming back, and also in hopes to get rid of all that was left as well. I woke up in recovery groggily asking "Am I clear? What about the lymph-nodes?", it wasn't until a few hours later when Dr. Ryan came by again that I grasped the fact that he had told me numerous times "The markers were clear, there's no sign of cancer left", I was relieved.
Now I've hit the huge milestone of being cancer free for a whole year. My how time has flown. I still have six months, or so, to go until I'm out of the "risk of recurrence" stage, and I can hang with that. I think cancer learned a big lesson when it decided to invade my body...it's not coming back (at least we can hope).
So thank you for the support over the past year and a half. Thank you for going along on this journey with me, and continuing still. While I wished for lots of things to happen yesterday, it's okay that I celebrated the day away mostly in solitude. Brunch with the girls was perfect in the morning, then the afternoon to myself was just fine. I won't be selfish and say what I wish would have happened, because in truth I'm a year cancer free and that's all that matters.
So in the month of Breast Cancer Awareness please make sure to get yourself checked, and if you've already found something *please* go to your doctor and get it checked out. Early detection saves lives and you can't fix the problem until you know what the problem is.