I can’t remember who I’m stealing it from…and I’m actually a little disappointed I didn’t think of it myself…but today marks my three year cancerversary! THREE YEARS! That’s just crazy. When I was initially diagnosed, I was scared I wouldn’t live to see another three months. So to be three years out from that awful day now is pretty amazing!
For those of your who aren’t up on the cancer lingo, cancerversary is the day you received your cancer diagnosis….cancer + anniversary = cancerversary….celebrated much like you would celebrate any other anniversary. Some people may find it strange to celebrate the anniversary of such an awful day, but when you’re cancer free, everything is cause for celebration!
So many good things have happened in my life over the course of the last three years, and I’m so grateful for all of it. Cancer puts many things in life into perspective and means something different for everyone.
For me, cancer was freedom. Freedom from a life of pleasing others and freedom from a life of putting other people’s happiness before my own. Prior to my cancer diagnosis, I had worked myself into a rut of unhappiness. I had a hard time standing up for myself and was too busy worrying about other people to realize that life was passing me by.
And then I got my wake-up call. Since my diagnosis, I’ve learned to appreciate each and every day. Because each day cancer now is truly a blessing. My eyes have been opened to all of the beautiful things life has to offer…and I wake up each morning thankful for my life now and excited to see what the future holds.
To each and every person who’s supported me along this crazy journey…whether it was an email, phone call, text message, following this blog, etc….thank you! Thank you for being a constant source of encouragement and helping me through some pretty dark days.
I’m a lucky girl!! :) xoxo