This post is a little different but important.
About a month ago, someone I know speaking adversely about getting tested (medically). She said, “they always find something“. Well, I think always is a bit of an embellishment, but isn’t finding the problem the point of going?
Sunday, May 28, was two years since I announced I was in remission.
I can’t help but reflect on the incredible journey that led me to this very moment. It’s a time of celebration, gratitude, and a reminder of the vital role that screening played in saving my life.
So allow me to share my story and let it remind everyone of the importance of regular screenings and early detection.
A Journey of Triumph Over Adversity:
A few years ago, I was in a battle I never anticipated. Cancer tried to steal away my hopes and dreams.
That day, I made a simple choice: to fight with all my strength. And that I did!
The Power of Screening:
During my journey, and speaking to many others with the fear of learning the unknown, I realized the incredible power of early detection through regular screenings. During a routine check-up, my doctor discovered a small anomaly. Yet, that tiny irregularity led to further investigations, eventually uncovering the presence of cancer in its early stages.
The outcome could have been drastically different if it had gone unnoticed or ignored. Screening became my ally, my shield against the insidious nature of this disease.
Saving Lives Through Awareness:
My story is not unique; countless others have also discovered the value of regular screenings. Embrace a culture of proactive healthcare. Prioritize preventive measures rather than waiting for illness to strike.
Routine screenings offer the chance to detect and treat diseases at their earliest and most manageable stages. They have the power to save lives, just as they saved mine.
Don’t stop at fear:
When I met with the surgeon and then the oncologist, I faced it with determination. (I think I learned this behavior and positive attitude from my mother. If you knew of her childhood, you would wonder why she was always so positive, but she was.)
I convinced myself that I would breeze through it. I actually calmed my husband, who lost his first wife to cancer.
I’ll be honest. The surgery, the radiation, and the aggressive chemotherapy took “a minute,” as they say, but worth every one of those minutes. There are so many ways these amazing doctors kept me comfortable. And just FYI, the new anti-nausea medication is amazing!
It seems like a lot, but it really was not. I got through it. I did a great job, if I do say so myself. My oncologist was very proud of me. He said I would continue to see him for ten years, but that’s ok too because he is a great guy. And being bald had its advantages; I mean, it was really easy to get ready in the morning (smile).
Gratitude and Renewed Purpose:
Today, I am so very grateful for the dedicated healthcare professionals who guided me through every step, for the tremendous support of my loved ones, and for the opportunity to live each day with purpose. Every day is a gift, and every sunset reminds me of the strength within me.
As I celebrate my second remission anniversary, I want to encourage everyone to prioritize their health and make regular screenings an integral part of their lives.
Embrace the power of early detection and join me in spreading awareness about the importance of screenings.
Share this, or write your own story. Just help others that fear the very information that will save their lives.
Remember, like my mother influenced my positive attitude, you are influencing your children every day. Listen to yourself… because children hear every word. Be positive, push forward, and make decisions that give you the best chance of a positive outcome.
Together, we can create a world where diseases are caught early, lives are saved, and celebrations of remission become more frequent.
Remember, your life is precious, and your health is a treasure worth protecting. But it is up to you to take control. To stay ahead of it!
Honor the gift of life by embracing proactive measures and celebrating each milestone along the journey.
Happy remission anniversary to me (yeah) and to all the fighters out there.
May your (our) days be filled with love, strength, and the knowledge that y(our) story can inspire and uplift others.
Please help. Share and add your story. Encourage those who are hesitant to take the next step.
And for you…..those who are afraid, remember the alternative is worse than facing the fight. And the longer you wait, the worse the fight will be. I did what I needed to do. I am so proud of me! Be proud of you! Reach out if I can personally give you any encouragement. My direct phone is 954-464-6689. Call or text. But don’t sit back another moment. Move fast, get aggressive, and be well.