Wednesday, May 26, 2010

When you knock on death's door, ring the doorbell and run. He HATES that!

Yesterday was my FIVE year anniversary out from breast cancer! FIVE YEARS!! I can't believe it. I've said it over and over in my mind and it still sounds crazy! I still knock on wood everytime I say it. The medical world says "I'm cured" at the five year mark. I don't dare say such a thing. That would be like tempting the Cancer Gods. Don't want to go there (again).

The top five things I have learned from this journey:

1. Relationships really ARE what it is all about!
2. God really does hear and answer prayers!
3. Each day really is a gift!
4. I love and appreciate my husband and children more than I thought possible.
5. What doesn't kill you really does make you stronger!

I can't even begin to thank those people in my life who have helped me along the way. Friends, neighbors, family, church members, doctors, nurses, co-workers, and kind strangers. My life has forever changed. I will never be the same.

I have learned volumes about myself and those around me. I have learned I am married to the man of my dreams who has stuck by me through better and worse, richer and poorer, and through sickness and through health. I have learned what is important in a marriage. Commitment, a sense of humor, unconditional love, and a man who will hold your barf bowl and say you are still the woman of his dreams even when you are bald. Who could ask for a truer man?

I have learned my children grow way too fast to spend too much time sleeping! Enjoying the small things in life are more precious that anything money can buy. Being home with them instead of chasing my own dreams has panned out to be the best decision of my life.

I have learned I have made life long friends who will stick by through the thick and the thin. I am surrounded by amazing people with hearts of gold and great senses of humor.

I have learned empathy for those who suffer physically and emotionally and the importnace of serving them, especially when prompted to do so. I have learned over and over again that I am blessed with good parents and a loving family.

And finally, I have gained a greater understanding of the atonement, it's purpose, and why I need it. I have learned more deeply there is a loving Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ who loves me and wants me to be happy.

This post closes this chapter of my life...My Journey through Breast Cancer. Thank you for your faith, prayers and encouragement through what was at times the darkest days of my life.

Signing off...

36 comments:

Tricia said...

Congratulations! You did it! You are truly AMAZING! Love ya tons!

April Annie said...

Signing off......Love ya! Great job!

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Jenny said...

Wow! I just found your website and read through every single entry of yours and cried my eyes out! You are such an amazing woman! I wish you nothing but the absolute best that life has to offer. :)

I found a large mass last week and have my apt in the morning and am TERRIFIED! I am praying that it's nothing but have this terrifying feeling that it's not going to be good news. Reading your blog has lifted my spirits. Bring it on! lol Best of luck....I am SO happy fo you!!!

Marlene MacPherson said...

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@FABMOMCLT said...

Congratulations on your fifth year free of breast cancer. It is my hope that you live on to see many more years BREAST CANCER FREE!

dj said...

Just found your blog and I found myself crying while I smiled as I read it. Thank you for putting into words what my heart has felt many times. I too am a breast cancer patient. I too am so very gratful for so very much! Like you the atonement becomes so much more than a hope or an intellectual concept. I am reminded every blessed day that I have a Heavenly Father and he not only loves me, but knows me by name.

Thank you again for sharing your words. I was checking on my dauther-n-laws blog and looking at the grandkids when I noticed a sign that said "next blog" so I clicked on it and it was yours. I would have to say it's another gift in my day. Like a squirell finding a nut or a bird who has found a french fry.

Thank You, and God Bless

Debbie Bailey

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Dana said...

Hi Dana,
I was searching for information on breast cancer and young women and I came across your blog. Funny thing, my name is Dana too. Even more interesting is I am 32 years old and just diagnoised with Breast Cancer in July 2010. I had a bilateral mastectomy two weeks ago and start chemo in two weeks. Thank you for sharing your story and giving others hope. I feel better knowing there is someone else out there like me who had to go through this and WON!! Best of luck!!
Dana

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looking forward for your new post...:-)

can't wait for the October breast awareness campaign..


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Good writing. It is not an easy task to survive cancer for 5 years. It is easy to say or think about but difficult to live with it.
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Hello Dana,

I hope all is well. Healthline just published these inspiring quotes about breast cancer from celebrities who battled the disease. Our audience really enjoyed them and gave us great feedback on how powerful and inspirational they are. You can see them here: http://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/quotes

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