It’s half way through December and I thought timely to talk about how the year has progressed. I hope wherever you are at in your life, you are finding peace especially towards the New Year.
A year ago, I had just finished all my cancer treatment and was heading back in to the workplace. It seems like a world away. I am coming up to my annual breast cancer check-up and I as usual have fingers crossed for another year free of cancer. As many of us know, even if you feel fine, nobody is more than one doctor’s appointment away from good or bad news.
- In January 2007, nearly seven years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time and my life rapidly became unrecognisable.
- In April 2011, I was diagnosed again with a new small primary breast cancer. Again, my life changed dramatically with more treatments but somehow it didn’t knock me around as much. It is amazing what you get used to.
- In December 2013, I am presently cancer free. I have had nearly three years of breast cancer treatment in the last seven years (plus a few years of hormone therapy). Suddenly this year, my life pendulum has swung back towards a new kind of normal. In the last seven years, more of my life was spent not having cancer treatment than having it. This is quite significant for me.
- A year ago, I spent a month in France celebrating the end of treatment, bought a house and headed back to work. In the last year, I have lost weight, regained health, started a normal social life, started a new relationship and published some eBooks. Things are going well touch wood one day at a time.
- It has been so healing for me to be in a relationship once more. After years of cancer related crap, it’s nice to have someone who loves me for me and doesn’t see the cancer as a negative. It also helps me feel good about planning for the future.
- It is great to be earning again and socialising in the workplace. My brain seems to be clearer and I’m able to do complex writing and concentration work. I still need lots of breaks and rest but I feel that I can handle a lot more. I don’t seem to have as many colds or bugs but still have a few headaches and migraines here and there.
- A highlight was publishing eBooks on Amazon and here. I have rediscovered a love for writing and got some good media attention.
- In 2014, me and a friend Moera are organising a Pacific Island breast cancer fono in Wellington (aiming for March 2014) with support from the Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Foundation.
- I also I hope to publish some more eBooks on breast cancer and tips and hints.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for checking in to the website and all the positive feedback. It has been a pleasure providing these resources and a support mechanism for those affected by breast cancer.
Wishing you a restful and healthy Christmas and an awesome 2014.