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And all is well. I visited my breast surgeon and had my yearly mammogram on my left breast (my one and only breast) and I am still clear of cancer. But once you have had cancer, it is always lurking and you do think about the possibility of it coming back. When you think about these cancers cells that start out to be small and insignificant, but if left untreated and are allowed to gather a force, can kill the host, you.

It has been two years since I was diagnosed; September of 2010. And one year since I had my last cancer treatment. My doctor told me that I can consider myself cancer free from the time of the surgery which was April of 2011. It seems so long ago now and so much has happened since that time.

I am still optimistic and also thankful for every day of my life. I try to exercise almost every day and when I do I breath in the fresh air and think how fortunate I am to be still walking on earth. And I am reasonably healthy. Although my son says that I am elderly now, which I dispute. I don’t think elderly people climb mountains, lift weights and lead the kind of active life that I do.

I am planning more trips. I will be going to Africa in October of next year to see the wild animals in their natural habitat. And there might be another trip tucked in between. So life is what I had hoped it would be at this stage for me.

4 Responses

  1. What wonderful news. I know your positive attitude has been a key factor. I look forward to reading about your other activities.

  2. #2

    What an inspiring blog you have here, Elaine. Sorry it took me a while to check it out. Love the simplicity of your writing style and of the webpage design. The pink tulips would lift anyone’s heart and spirit. Bless you for sharing your positivity and encouragement for those challenged with BC.

    We’ll have to get together again soon and talk about Africa and your pending October travels on safari.

    Many blessings to you. Be well and keep up the great work.


  3. Elaine,

    Your writing is as delightful as your personality! When I met you last Saturday I was impressed with the joy, compassion and love of life that just seemed to surround you. Your writing showcases those same qualities. I am thrilled to have met you and to read your thoughts and get a little glimpse into your life. Thank you for being someone who makes a difference in the lives of those around you!


  4. #4
    Paulette Myers Traver 

    Hello Elaine,
    Dev and I have been planning a trip to AZ for this coming winter and I have been thinking of contacting you to go to dinner. In doing so I stumbled upon your blog.
    I have had breast cancer twice. 1995 estrogen receptive in my left breast. I had a lumpectomy and radiation. Then June 28, 2012 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in my right breast. Fortunately, in both cases my nodes were clear. This last cancer was tougher though. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. UGH! One week after my 1st chemo I developed salmonella from mangos that came in a fruit baskets – 9 days of hospitalization for that!
    Like you, I want to fill every day of life doing things I love. God has really blessed me during my illness and it sounds like you have been blessed through this dreadful journey also. I would really like to see you once again when Dev and I come to AZ in the coming year! I’m so thankful that you have won the battle against this terrible disease. My oncologist also gives me great hope that I too will stay cancer free!

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