Thursday, August 20, 2009

One Year Survivor

Today marks the one year anniversary of survivorship.

Some count the day from diagnosis,
but I have chosen the date from removal of the tumor.

If I stop to think about all that has happened in the past year - good and bad - I believe I would be in a puddle of tears and also amazed. Amazed that we came out of the journey stronger in our marital relationship. Amazed that the treatment wasn't too bad. Yeah, that's hindsight talking. Maybe I should go back to the beginning of this blog and re-read what I was feeling and thinking during chemo!

From Wendy Harpham on Health Survivorship

Healthy Survivorship is not about what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you. Healthy Survivors recognize and grieve their losses. And while they are grieving, they make the effort to look for opportunities to do those things that can be done even better than before because of what they've lost.

I realize that I the need to acknowledge and grieve my loss. I've been stuck at that point in the healing process. Yet, I feel that I am in still in this blasted process until I get the clear scans in December. I'll work on it either way.



  1. Happy one year anniversary!! I can so relate to your feelings. Thank you for your honesty:) Praying that you will get good results in December. What a Christmas present that will be:)

  2. Congratulations! And thanks for sharing your current feelings...

  3. Yay! You are a SURVIVOR! Congratulations to that!!!

  4. Congrats Renee. You're a doll, you know that?

  5. Congratulations! And yes it is overwhelming when you think back to what you had to go through.

    All the best to you.

  6. Hi Renee,
    One year survivorship, now THAT is a milestone worth celebrating!!! Congratulations!
    I hope you took the time today both to celebrate your wins AND to grieve your losses. May there be ONLY wins in your future!

  7. Happy Happy one's funny how we all date this differently - in my mind it's from the date I completed treatment, for until then...I wasn't sure about survival. I am celebrating with you my sister I've never met!

  8. Congratulations my sweet.

  9. Renee Congratulations on your one year Anniversary... May there be many many more!!
    Love Alli XX

  10. R, one year seems so short but yet so long. We stumbled across each other around this time last year. I'm so glad you're at this point. Lift your head up, be strong and keep going forward. You're made of tough stuff, sweetie. You've proved than in the last year.

    Congrats SO MUCH on your 1 year milestone. I'm so proud of what you've done, how you've handled this and the support you give to so many people.


  11. Thank you all! You have been the best supporters in the world!!