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February 4: Not Quite Just Another Day

While there are many "anniversaries" to mark a cancer journey (diagnosis, treatment, NED*, etc.), I have chosen to mark the end of chemo as the anniversary I celebrate.

That's today.  
February 4. 
Seven years.

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In some ways, it seems like it was a long, long time ago.
And in others, I think . . . only 7???

Whatever.  It was a lifetime ago.

I really don't think about cancer or chemo or "survival" or any of it every day anymore.  I used to.  (Although I can conjure it all up in the blink of an eye.  Trust me on that.)  Seven years ago, I couldn't have imagined a day when I DIDN'T think about it.  Worry about it.  Freak a little.

So now, I guess it's "normalized" for me.  I suppose I've fully returned to my life-in-progress.  And that's a good thing.  My cancer experience . . . seems to be kind of a little "blip" on the radar screen of my life.

Except.  That's not quite it.

Because I didn't actually return to my life-in-progress.  That life . . . ended.  It wasn't just an interruption.  I emerged . . . a whole new person.

And this new person (that would be me) understands life just a bit differently.  This new person, 7 years on, understands that life is finite.  That every day really does count.  And that we shouldn't waste a moment.

So celebrate with me today.  Smile at everyone you meet.  Tell your friends and your family how much they mean to you. Color outside the lines.  Have dessert.  Take a risk and try something you've been dreaming of.  And, by golly, let people take pictures of you, even if they're goofy.

Because life is good.  
(But it is finite.)  (So don't wait.)



*NED is "cancer-speak" for No Evidence of Disease.


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Great photo of you! Yes, let people photograph you. We often do shy away from the camera. And Happy Anniversary with NED. That's something to celebrate.


I'm so glad that you're here to look back on those seven years, and to look forward to know that things are indeed finite. I always enjoy reading your blog, your insights, and your humor, and even though I've never met you in person, there have been several times that I've thought "I want to be like Kym when I grow up". So now that I've told you how much I appreciate you and the person you are now, I'm going to go smile at everyone at Walmart. Just for you! :-)


Bonny said it and I echo everything she says. Thank you for being in my life as inspiration and friend.


I love this post!


Your perspective and insight is an inspiration.


This could quite possibly be the best post ever. Also, you kinda made me cry. I'm so grateful for you and your friendship and all the GOOD and amazing things you have brought into my life. YOU have changed ME and I love you for it.


Happy Anniversary, Kym!! Thanks for being YOU!


Happy Anniversary - the bit about letting people photograph you is very moving, love seeing pictures of people no longer here but happy, wish I had more of them...


Happy Anniversary, and as they've said YOU bring so much to my world too. My interests in things are different because of the way that you've looked at things. Here's to you and a wonderful life ahead! (Together!)


Happy anniversary! I'm so glad I found your blog. It always makes me smile, or makes me see things in a new way. You are an inspiration.

After my doctor pronounced me NED, she advised me to "live life large." That has become my mantra.


So glad you are "here" on this earth - so glad you are "you"!! Happy Anniversary!!

Linda in VA


Yes, everything you said! The years free you to be you! xoxo


Congratulations and thank you for those inspiring and so true words.


Happy anniversary and many more! We have never met, but what I know about you from your blog shows a wonderful, strong woman who enjoys life, family and friends. Thank you for sharing this and thanks for the reminder to stop and enjoy this fleeting life.


Congratulations. Thank you for the reminder to take and let others take pictures. We want the memories they will bring in the days and years to come.


Love this. Hope your today is wonderful.


I meant to reply yesterday I love this post! Life is precious. Take pictures. Feel lucky to be having another birthday. Live! Exactly.

Cheryl S.

Happiest of anniversaries!


I am so glad you are here with us and blogging 5x/week. Happy anniversary and many, many more!

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