Today is my day. My cancer free day. So no, it’s not that I am declaring it International Cancer Free Day (although it does have a ring to it, doesn’t it?). But I am reminded and inspired. May 16th. It will be forever seared into my memory. I am celebrating my 12 years clean of cancer (for some reason they mark it on the day of surgery, and don’t consider all of those pesky other things like, I don’t know, chemotherapy and radiation that often follow). Pretty good hey?!
As you must by now know, I am big on marking special days, and honouring transitions and, of course, celebrating. For a number of reason I am, if it is possible, even more appreciative this year to be alive. Partly because I am stepping out more fully into my real, big life and partly because I am reminded how fragile life is, and partly because I have friends going through the cancer journey themselves right now and I remember what a hard fight it is (sending you love every day, and an extra dose today!).
Regardless the reasons I am feeling elated, and at the same time soberly and reflectively grateful. If we just have one precious life, or if we are cruising through a number of them racking up our lessons, or something else – I am so glad to be here, walking this earth, hanging with these people and making this difference.