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.
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.