Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Cancerversary to Me!

One year ago today I was given the news that would change my life, and that of my family and friends, forever.

Cancer.

Four days later I learned the unimaginable...Stage IV, no possible cure.

On this day one year ago, I could not have imagined the challenges and blessings that this year would bring. I wouldn't have predicted how close to the brink I would come and how resoundingly I would bounce back. I could never have guessed how tightly my family, friends and community would embrace me and how they would keep me from falling. I couldn't have understood that this bleak diagnosis would do so many wonderful things for me.

For here I stand, one year later, a stronger and more peaceful person. Confident in God's love and mercy, sure that whatever path he ultimately chooses for me is the right one. Not afraid of anything life might throw at me now. Grateful for each and every day I have to (hopefully) positively influence the character of my children. Astounded at how completely this disease has backed away from the medication I have been blessed with. Unshakable in my belief in the power of prayer.

No one knows how much time they have left. I am not unique in my situation, unless I consider statistics. But I won't. I have already won the lottery of life in my faith, my marriage, my family and my friends. This gift of unexpected health one year after bracing for an early death is decidedly a great bonus, and I will gladly accept many more to come, if that it what is to be. And you know? I'm feeling more and more optimistic that this will be the case.

Thanks so much for all your prayers and support over the past year. I wouldn't be here without them!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne;
Your experience and the sharing of it influences so many on inumerable levels. To say that I have been touched by your generosity in sharing, your attitude and your faith is an understatement. I just thought I'd share that your "positive influence" reaches farther than you probably can imagine. I will always miss you down the street :) Love, Maura

antonia said...

:-)


xxxx

Leissa said...

I have to echo Maura's comment and wanted to let you know you reach further than you think. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Leissa

Annie Bizzi said...

Sounds like reason to party to me!

Can't tell you how in awe I am of the past year, your journey, and the many amazing blessings that have come from it all--miss you and have to start planning another Lemon Tree Gathering in the near future!

Mayor Allaire said...

Dearest precious Suzanne,
A kudos, congratulations, happy, "herstoric"'cancer-versary'...and many, many more years on this planet and in our realm of being. You are a blessing. You are the gift.
Healing, positive hugs, and thank you. We are grateful for you. "GLAXA"..."God's Love & Excellent/Amazing Adventure to you and yours! Your Yogi Mayor Allaire at your service & Chloe too.....from Lake Hughes...the Ladies of the Lakes!

Anonymous said...

God is good! Happy Cancerversary indeed.
- Ann Armenta

Bianca said...

I knew the day was near as I remember my feelings towards Thanksgiving last year and hearing the news. You are an inspiration to so many and through you God is working miracles in so many lives (known and unknown). Thank you for continuing to let his light shine through you, so we may get to know him more deeply. Happy Cancerversary!

Anonymous said...

Suz- many many many wishes for many more happy years. You are an incredible woman! Happy Thanksgiving, love, Jen (prosi)