My web site is devoted to medical and treatment information about this rare cancer. My blog is devoted to sharing what has been the more difficult part of the journey for me, the emotional and spiritual road I've traveled as a rare cancer survivor.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yet one more landmark!

Today I am an 11 year cancer-free survivor!  No one has yet used the "cure"word, I am still in "long-term remission".  The anniversary date for me is a personal one...I don't think anyone else in my family remembers the exact date,so for me it's a personal celebration. Funny how those of us with a cancer diagnose remember exact dates forever. I was diagnosed March 29,2001.  I had my cytoreduction surgery May 16, 2001.  I finished chemo January 22,2002. 

We all live with uncertainty after a cancer diagnosis.  Though I am 11 years cancer-free, I still live with some uncertainty.  I still don' t take tomorrow for granted,which is both a good and bad thing. There is security in assuming a future, especially a long one.  We all wannt to believe we will live to be 90 and will die peacefuly in our sleep. But most of us after a cancer diagnosis can't assume that. It's just a dream.

But I've come a long way.  After my diagnosis I couldn' t say the words "next year" for several years, as I didn't feel I could take another year for granted. But now I'm in school, I have a three year committment to a degree.  I couldn't have made that kind of a comittment a few years ago.  Progress after cancer, in a sense!  I'm sure we all measure progess differently.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Another landmark!!

Yesterday I attended my eldest daughter's college graduation. Another gift!  I was given a terminal diagnosis when she was 11 and wanted so much to live to see her graduate from high school...now I've seen her graduate from college!  Amazing!

Sorry I haven't posted much here lately.  My web site is finally back up, but the carolyn@appendix-cancer.com email is not yet working. If you need to email me, instead use clanglielesnik@gmail.com.  Thanks!