The feeling of walking into my oncologist’s office, sitting and waiting for results so far has not changed for me. It is hard, plain and simple. I often wonder if the feeling will ever change.
When I was waiting today, 01/14/2014, I was looking around the room with a different perspective - that of a survivor. It had me thinking about the fact that I always preach absolute positivity through your cancer journey. The truth is, sitting back and really thinking about it, I don’t know if I have expressed to my readers that it doesn’t always come natural to be positive during cancer. It is a fight to stay positive – just as fighting cancer is. It is not always easy, nothing is, but one thing I feel to be true is: positive thoughts equals positive results. Positive results look different to everyone. Your positive outcome may be an all clear, another persons may be fighting through a recurrence, and so on. This is true in survivorship as well. Cancer doesn’t end when treatment ends. In my opinion, once you’ve had cancer you need to have a life long dedication to being a survivor, being healthy, being dedicated to your check ups, taking your meds, exercising, eating right, keeping stress levels low and maintaining a positive attitude.
Today was my 18 month check up, which is a milestone for my cancer - ovarian dysgerminoma. At this point 4 out of 5 recurrences happen twelve to eighteen months post-chemo. I am so, so, so happy to say that I am cancer free! I have been dedicated. I have been positive. And I have fought to stay healthy. It is so important to always fight. I have been so blessed to be in contact with floods of wonderful fighters and to all of you I say, it is an honor and privilege to be along with you on your journey. Fight to stay healthy and fight to stay positive in all areas of life. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!
I always like to share inspiring stories of survivors and stories of positivity and hope. This story fits all the above. A wonderful husband of an amazing fighter reached out to me and shared his wife’s story and I would like to share it with you. Their blog is an awesome concept. If you have time please check out their site: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/. Given 15 months to live, she is still fighting on 8 years later!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! KEEP ON ROCKIN’!!!
Here’s a bit about Heather:
Eight years ago, after her only child was born, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused only by asbestos exposure. Her chronic illness taught her and her family the importance of acknowledging and overcoming their fears, something that prevent us all from living life to the fullest. This February 2nd marks the 8th anniversary of Heather’s life saving surgery, which involved a risky procedure requiring the removal of her left lung. It is a very special day to Heather and her family and is considered one of the memorable days of her husband Cameron’s life! They’ve coined this day as LungLeavin’ Day.
The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage and empower others battling their own illnesses and life challenges to face their fears! On this day we celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life! Each year, friends and family gather at our house around a bonfire where we write our fears on a plate and smash them into the fire to represent conquering our fears.
This year, we are asking bloggers to take part in LungLeavin’ Day! We’ve created an interactive page that tells the full story of this special day, which can be found here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday/
Here is a recent interview Heather did about Lung Leavin’ Day: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/staff/lungleavin-day-2014-our-interview-with-heather-von-st-james.htm.
I was looking through videos of Gracie and I while I was sick and I love this one. I did this with her a lot! It was fun and gave me a killer workout. Don’t let cancer keep you down. Have fun every moment you possibly can. Read more