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I never understood celebrating the day of your diagnosis (April 5, 2013). I mean, why would you want to celebrate the day you found out you had an uninvited guest who had moved into your body and wanted to kill you? I figured you just celebrate being "cancer-free" and in my mind, that was the day of my surgery (October 17, 2013)... when they cut what was left of that dumb tumor out of me, thus creating Frankenboob. If you wanna get crazy, you could celebrate the day you started treatment (May 1, 2013), or the day you finished treatment (January 3, 2014). I'm all for having a party and maybe even getting presents, but people might start to get a bit annoyed!
I raised the question of cancer-survivorship etiquette to some of my girlfriends and my wonderful and brilliant friend (you know who you are) put it to me kind of like this...
Yes, you celebrate the day you were diagnosed;
the day that your journey began.
It's the day my fight started. The day I had to start completely trusting that God was in control of my life. It was the day that a strength I didn't know I had started to grow inside me. It was the first page in my story; a story that I didn't expect or choose or want, but a story that I'm so thankful for.
I learned so much from breast cancer. I learned things about myself and what I was capable of. I learned things about my faith and just how BIG my God is. I learned things about my family and how amazing and strong they are. I learned things about my friends and about letting people love me and about loving. All lessons that I will treasure and all lessons that made that journey "worth it".
So.... I'm gonna celebrate my 2nd Cancerversary (apparently that's a thing)!! It happens to fall on Easter Sunday this year so I probably won't be poppin' bottles just yet. Instead, I'm going to spend some quiet time reflecting on everything that has happened in the last two years. I've already started to shed a few tears of joy and thanksgiving so tomorrow should be a two-fisted kleenex kind of day. Oh, but fear not! There WILL be a party... soon.
Oh, and I wanted to tell you about a book I'm reading! I should have finished and reviewed it by now, but ya know... life. Anyway, I started it while on Spring Break in Arizona and am so excited to go deeper into it! It's called Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present, Passion for Your Future, by Pat Layton.
In Life Unstuck, Pat uses Psalm 139 as a guide to look into the areas of our lives where we are stuck and shows us a path to peace and freedom, the life God has planned for us.
"God wants us, His precious daughters, to be reminded and refreshed by the complete and unshakable knowledge of our redeemed life. He wants us completely restored from the things that keep us stuck in the past and He wants us set free to gleefully anticipate all He has planned for our future."
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to live life to the fullest... ready to live unstuck! I'll keep ya posted!