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5 Years Later

Posted on March 10, 2013

Today is a special milestone in my cancer journey. It’s been exactly 5 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As long as I live, I will never forget that day. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to expect for my future. Would I live, would I lose my breast, would I die before seeing my grandchildren born? What treatment would I endure or what surgeries would I have to undergo? So many questions and really no answers for me that day.

What a dark and terrible day it was — March 10, 2008. I sit here and don’t even know what to write as I reflect back on that horrible day. I guess I can say with utter joy that today, March 10, 2013 is a glorious day. I am cancer free. I am alive. I have been so blessed to see two grandchildren born into my family. My health is good. My life while forever changed because of cancer, is better and I am stronger for having faced this deadly foe.

I am so thankful to God for allowing me this victory. They say that the 5-year mark after cancer is a good milestone. Most cancer, if its going to return, will have reoccurred by now. I am guardedly optimistic today. It is a good day. A good day to say thank you Lord for the life you have given me. Thank you everyone for your love and support all these years. And here’s to many more cancer-free yearly milestones in my life!

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15 Responses to “5 Years Later”

  1. Kristy
    Mar 10, 2013

    I am so glad that things worked out for you. You are such a wonderful person, and I feel lucky to have gotten to know you through ravelry.

  2. Cindy
    Mar 10, 2013

    Kristy– Thank you so much for the beautiful response to my post. I cherish our friendship and love that we have been able to connect on-line to become friends. You are a wonderful friend and I appreciate your friendship and support more than you will ever know. (((Hugs)))

  3. Lea
    Mar 10, 2013

    … Feb 1, 2008 was mine( cervical)… Cindy, I think we were both on the Crochetville Board during this time.. I remember the fear of the unknown being so much stronger the then C word…. My son was also in Iraq during that time…I just pray that God grants me the mercy to never ever have to endure the emotions, pain and fear I felt that year..
    God bless you… and here’s to many more happy hooky years for both of us!

  4. Sharon
    Mar 11, 2013

    Wonderful news. I have an uncle battling colon cancer and a friend starting chemo this week for another form of cancer. You give out hope that the “Big C” may be curable. So happy to have you with us.

  5. Tanya
    Mar 11, 2013

    What a scary thing for you to go though! My aunt went though the same thing 2 years ago. She had a rough time of it but it is completely gone now! πŸ™‚

  6. Snowcatcher
    Mar 11, 2013

    Congratuations on the milestone! Here’s to five more! All cancer free!

  7. Eve S
    Mar 11, 2013

    While the “shadow” thoughts never leave us, we survivors (16 years for me!) know what it feels like to enjoy every moment of every day, like a gift of sunshine. Congratulations and here’s to many more! And I so appreciate the crafts you post and how clear the instructions always are. Thank you for being.

  8. Stephanie B.
    Mar 11, 2013

    Congrats on that milestone!

  9. narf7
    Mar 11, 2013

    What a journey! Sometimes things that we see as devastating can make us take a fresh look at our lives and may end up giving us back something precious. So glad that you can look back and see the positive in what would have been a terrifying journey. πŸ™‚

  10. Trude
    Mar 11, 2013

    congratulations! I start my Herceptin treatments next week.

  11. timthief
    Mar 12, 2013

    I’m a fellow cancer survivor who is delighted to congratulate you! πŸ™‚

  12. Barbara Shoebrooks
    Mar 17, 2013

    Cindy–your story is inspiring and hopeful as well. I pray you will be healthy for a long long time. Thanks for all the things you send me on Stumble. Congrats !!!

  13. Robyn Gough
    Apr 11, 2013

    Hi Cindy thank you for your wonderful ideas. I am truly amazed I can now save the toilet paper plastic. Ibuy the large packets so I guess the plarn will be longer than the 4 rolls. It is 6 years for some of my survivor friends. They were diagnosed when my husband was diagnosed with a malignant fast growing brain tumour. They called themselves the “Beannie Brigade”. They survived but he didn’t. God is good to us too. I died twice but survived and now live with less than 30% heart function with my nearly 18 year old son. Congrats to you and our Lord Jesus Christ.

  14. Barb W
    May 24, 2013

    Hi Cindy, That was so beautifully written and my sentiments exactly. I am a little apprehensive going off the Aromasin-5 year drug in October, but trust the Lord. I trust Him with the good and I trust Him in the bad. He knows the Master Plan.
    I am thankful for you and the interesting pattern God has woven in our lives.
    Thanks for including this post for me. Love, Barb

  15. Shruthi
    Aug 07, 2013

    Congratulations and wishing you many many more happy pink anniversaries.

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