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It was a year ago today that I first heard a doctor utter the word "lymphoma" as related to Me.  Now, this diagnosis wasn't completely clear or complete for another month.   But, all the same, a year ago today. . . the bottom fell out of my world.

A year later, I'm celebrating.  I made it through treatment.  I am in complete remission (and -- I REMAIN there!  My PET scan on Monday was NORMAL-NORMAL-NORMAL!).  I have a deeper appreciation for nearly everything.  I have hair again.  I have an extensive collection of Big Earrings.  I am happy.  I actually like myself more now, after cancer.  

I often think back and reflect on how fortunate I was.  To have been persistent about figuring out What Was Wrong.  To have had access to doctors and testing facilities.  To have been able to just take off for the Mayo Clinic on short notice.  To have the support of my family and friends.  To have Tom be with me at every appointment and every treatment.  To have my Mom and Dad pick up the pieces at home.  To have the constant support of my sister.  To have my kids be able to live their normal lives and share them with me.  To have cards and calls from friends.  To have decent, solid health insurance.  To have a cancer treatment center within 15 minutes of home. 

There are many, many people who don't have that kind of access, or that kind of support system.  I don't know how they face a cancer diagnosis or treatment without it.

And so . .  I've decided to walk in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night event next month.  I want to raise money to help provide support to others facing lymphoma and leukemia.

Lightthenight 

My family is going to walk with me.  Together, they all got me through lymphoma.  Together, we can help others facing lymphoma.

If you'd like to join in and support me while I "light the night" . . . you can click on the link in the upper left corner of my blog.  Then send me a comment or an email and let me know.  There will be prizes!!!  (Stay tuned for more information.)

Cancer is hard.  Help me make it easier for somebody else.

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Nancy

HOORAY! for you and your excellent news!

Mom

Yeah Kym!!!! We can all relax again after your PET scan results. Dad and I will be so proud to be walking in the "Light the Night" walk with you knowing that you are in complete remission. We hope this walk will help others fighting lymphoma too.

Diana Troldahl

Congratulations, on so many fronts! SO glad the PET scan was clear :-}
If my patterns sell well enough, I will gladly donate to your walk :-} When is it?

Sue

How can I donate from the UK I couldn't see a pay button on the web site.

Big, big hugs to all of you on this happiest of days.

Tonia

Be glad and rejoice. You are an inspiration to all of us. Even though we have never met I am glad I could support you in some small way and help others at the same time:)

denise copeland

Wonderful, wonderful news!

I made a donation earlier today - have been trying to send an email but have been getting an email server error - on my side, not yours.

Sue

It worked! There was a donation button when I lookd this time. Let me know the date and time of the walk and an approximation of where you are in the US so I can work out the time over here and I will light a candle to share in the light you are raising.

Kay

Oh, Kym!! Praise be to God for this most FANTASTIC news! I'm sure a huge, dark cloud has just passed from over your head and relief is pouring through every inch of your body and soul! CONGRATULATIONS!

kmkat

Such good news on your anniversary! (I had my *ankle-versary* yesterday, too -- one year since I broke it.) Keep your good health and spirit!

Ina

Congratulations Kym! Each day, each day, each day...I wasn't sure if the light the night would accept canadian donations...I tried so hopefully it will show up. If not, let me know and I'll try again.

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