The 19th September is a date that my family and I will always remember.
On this day in 2012, I received the results from a biopsy on a funny little lump that had popped up in my neck 4 weeks earlier.
I had Cancer.
It was Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. More tests showed that I had 5 tumors. 1 in my neck (removed via surgery) 2 in my stomach, 1 in my chest cavity and 1 on my right side chest. Within 2 weeks I had commenced the first of 8 rounds of chemotherapy. My hair fell out 5 weeks later. After my 3rd round of chemotherapy, more scans showed that the tumor on my right side was not responding to treatment whereas the other 3 were.
I was given an ultrasound and a mammogram. I had Breast Cancer as well.
I would continue with chemotherapy for the Lymphoma and when my body was strong enough inbetween rounds, they would remove the tumor in my breast. I underwent two operations, 3 weeks apart to remove all the cancerous cells, leaving me with 2/3 of my right breast. When chemotherapy for the Lymphoma was completed, I had 6 weeks of daily radiation for the Breast Cancer.
9 months after my diagnosis, I was in remission.
5 years later, I am still cancer free and we have taken this beach break to re invent the 19th September with new memories.
Things I learned from my 9 month association with the Big C.
*There is always someone worse off than you.
*Take life one day at a time and thank God for every day he gives you.
*Choose your battles and don't sweat the small stuff.
*Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit (Desiderata)
*Little (tiny) things mean a lot.