Heavy stuff ahead, just a little warning…
Yesterday was a one of those big landmarks in my life and it came and went without much special notice. Which is actually how I would like it to be.
Eleven years ago, yesterday, I was diagnosed with bone cancer. Osteosarcoma in my left femur above my knee. Today, I would have been getting a biopsy, and on Oct 12th it will be eleven years since I became an amputee. But that’s not really what made yesterday important. What’s really important is that I have been cancer free for ten years now.
I had a “finished with chemo” party when I was done, a 5 year remission party in 2001, but I didn’t do much this year. We had a party last weekend, but only a few people there knew it was partially to celebrate my life. Mostly it was the party to break in our house. Anthony and I will go out for a nice dinner tonight, and yesterday I received one of the sweetest packages from my parents.
It actually makes me more happy that it isn’t a big deal anymore. When I was diagnosed, I spent years where my cancer was what defined me. People associated my name with the disease, and while that wasn’t bad at the time, I’m very ready to move on. When I had celebrated my remission before, it was to celebrate my battle with a disease that tried to overtake my life. Now it is a celebration of not being associated with sickness.