Sunday, June 2, 2013

It's National Cancer Survivors Day!

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. I've seen a mixture of reactions from the cancer community. There are some that are so thankful of their survivor status - regardless of what the future may hold. There are others that are now faced with the devastating diagnosis of stage IV/metastatic breast cancer, which has no cure. Fortunately, at this point, I belong to the former group of people. 

I consider myself a survivor. 

I survived the initial diagnosis.
I survived 16 rounds of chemo.
I survived 30 rounds of radiation. 
I survived two surgeries; one of which, required complicated microsurgery. 
I survived losing my breasts. 
I survived being bald - all over my body. 
So far, I've survived CANCER. 

How this is NOT a survivor? I understand that everyone's experiences are their own and I don't begrudge people for going through this awful journey in whatever way they need to. I do believe; however, that you can be a current-state survivor. In my humble opinion, if you're living, you're surviving. Perhaps that's too simplistic. I like simple. It doesn't make my little brain hurt. 

As Destiny's Child said:

"I'm a survivor
I'm not gonna give up
I'm not gonna stop
I'm gonna work harder."

This is my life. I'm gonna rock it. 

Survive on, my friends. 

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