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It’s been a year since I finished my chemo therapy treatment. I think back to those five months and how awful I felt most of the time, yet I kept trudging on and basically had a lot of energy. But I’m glad it’s over. And now, getting through the next five years cancer free is the goal. Do I think about the cancer coming back? I do. I wince a little when I have any ache or pain I can’t identify. But I refuse to dwell on it. I am moving on with my life and I am going to do the things that I have always wanted to do. Hence, I am planning my trip to Italy in May. I am attending a writer’s workshop and I will be there on my birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday.

So how am I feeling? Pretty good. I am still not fully recovered. I have tingling in my fingertips and toes from the Taxol. My sinuses are not back to normal and my digestive system has been giving me fits. But basically, I am good to go these days. And I do go. I am working out at least four days a week. And I am eating, everything; ice cream, chocolate, drinking beer and wine, strong black coffee. And of course I have gained back most of the weight I had lost over the last year. But hey, life is to enjoy. I liked being skinny but I like eating more.

My hair is back, same color, not curly like people said.  Now I wish I were bald; it was easier. I have to style it, wash it, cut it. What a pain. Now only if I could grow back a breast. But that is not to be. Not this year anyway. My doctor says I can get a new one next year. I’ve gotten used to being lop sided so who knows.

I am working hard on many projects and it seems like I don’t accomplish anything, but I guess I do. And I am spending time with friends and my dogs. I have a follow up with my doctor next week. We’ll see what he says.

Life is a gift and I intend to enjoy it.


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  1. Have a wonderful time in Italy and the absolute best of birthdays.
    I feel that you are my gift. Knowing you and watching you enjoy life reminds me to be positive and live more fully.

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