Resolved! I apologize for, yet again, dropping off the board for a while. Although, when I don't blog, it is mainly because I don't have anything cancer-related to report. Which means - and this is important - my cancer diagnosis and treatment are rapidly becoming another part of my past. This past is hugely important to me, and it has pretty much defined who I have become, but it also no longer controls my present. My anger at my personal cancer has basically disappeared; my body is back to normal; my energies are focused elsewhere in my life.
I am a year and a half finished with my treatment, and as of one week ago, I am still cancer free (!) and clear for another six months of straight chilling. I do need to note, however, that I have chosen to make cancer a part of my life. Perhaps "chosen" is a strong word, but after everything I have gone through, I have found that I cannot just ignore the fact that I had cancer and move on with my life in some unrelated direction. I volunteer with Imerman Angels; I am looking for a job working at a non-profit; I am running for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! The social effects of my illness have made me realize that I can use my experiences to help others, and I want to help.
So, cancer, I hope you have enjoyed your day in the sun, because your influence on my day-to-day living has ended. I would like to thank you for everything that you have given me: amazing new friends, countless opportunities to help others, a voice with which to blog, a level of maturity and self-awareness I might not have found for years. For all this and more, I thank you. I know everyone's cancer-story is unique, and many people possibly don't share my sentiments towards this disease. All things considered, I got off pretty easy. A little depression here, some hair loss there, but I've gotten through it and am stronger for having survived. I can only hope that people with a similar situation can one day have a similar response to their cancer. That's the funny thing about this world: it keeps turning, the days keep coming, and all we can do is respond so that hopefully we can enjoy the days we have. Or something.
It has been a super long winter for me, and my words cannot do justice to how happy I am to finally see things growing again. To run outside. To (hopefully) invest in a mountain bike and pedal all over these crazy suburbs. So that's what is up here. Happy Tuesday, sad toad.
On Friday, December 8, 2006, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Specifically, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. That's cancer of the blood for those of you who weren't sure. So, this is my blog about the next six months of my life. They're going to be hard; I'm going to be lonely. The goal is to make it out okay. Among various other goals I'll probably be writing about later. Comments, support, laughter, all, feel free to share. Pax.
This blog has lasted a whole lot longer than 6 months. Now that I am finished with treatment, I still cannot give it up. But now it focuses on my thoughts about (mostly) my life and my various experiences with and related to cancer. Comments, support, laughter... All still welcome. Thank you for reading!! :)