Its A VERY Big Day!

June 12th, 2009 – …My doctor was nearly certain - in fact said he would be "very surprised"- if my full pathology came back as anything but benign. 

We were both a little shocked when I went in to have my stitches out a week ago Friday and found that "Bob" had been sent to the Mayo Clinic for a second look. He said he would call me as soon as the reports from Mayo came back...

So that is basically how exactly 2 months after my 30th birthday, I got the phone call telling me I have cancer.”

One year ago today at approximately 4:30pm I listened to those words and had no idea how much life would change.  This past year has been one of the worst and best years in my life.  I don’t know that anyone but another cancer survivor can truly understand that statement...  It changes you in so many unexpected ways that you will never be the same person you were “BC” – before cancer.

Candyland Birthday CakeToday is a day to celebrate every moment, to appreciate the little things, to stop and smell the roses, to live life to the fullest, to shout it from the rooftops! 

I am here, I am healthy, I am loved, and I have a very long life in front of me.

I am spending this weekend by celebrating 2 family birthdays and a bride-to-be and of course doing more than a little walking and it just seems so fitting.  Welcoming another year and and celebrating one of life’s big events is truly a gift… being healthy enough to plan on walking 14 miles on Sunday seems like a miracle from some of my lowest points last year.

Friday I had my 6 month post treatment labs drawn and next week Friday I see my Endo for my 6 month follow-up exam.  Even though I don’t expect any surprises there is that anxiety bubbling just below the surface…

For today, I am pushing all of that away and am July 4 2009remembering that today is worth celebrating because life is worth celebrating!  Life in all its ups and downs is simply a gift every single day. 

Today Every day is my most precious gift.


  1. You are such an inspiration, Christina! What you've gone through and what you have tackled in the past year is unbelievable, and the positivity you show and the value of each day is insurmountable. It shouldn't take these scary things in our lives to bring us to appreciate everything we have - from friend and family to the "simple" ability to walk. So much we take for granted - not anymore!! My thoughts and prayers are always with you on your journey! To the best of health and the best of life!!


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