We own an LG television and when we turn it on, it greets us with the message, “Life is good.” I couldn’t agree more. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs, but I have been extremely been grateful for my many blessings. So today I thought I’d list my top 5 reasons why life is good right now.
- My health: I’m extremely fortunate that the current chemo combo — Afinitor and Aromasin — has been working so long I’ve almost lost track. I think it’s 17 months now. My oncologist Randy Drosick, who is a wonderful encourager, said he told the medical student helping him that she had to come in to see me because I’m a “biological miracle.” He said I look at cancer and stomp on it. It has been six years, three months and three days since I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. But who’s counting? I know that this can change any minute, but for now I’m just appreciating every day, one day at a time.
- The Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise: Last week I came back from a wonderful adventure cruising to Cozumel and Belize with a group of amazing women (and some wonderful spouses). It was a wonderful time and a great way to connect with new friends and some I’d only known on Facebook. I even got to celebrate my birthday on the cruise! I was blessed to be part of a thrivers’ panel discussion and able to provide hope for fellow stage IV survivors, while raising awareness for others. If you’re interested, the next cruise is out of California in January. Click on this LINK for more information.
- My family and friends: It seems everyone missed me while I was gone, including our cat AJ. I was able to be there for my daughter during a tough time, and she told me she didn’t know what she’d do without me. The feeling is certainly mutual. I really missed them, too! My dear friend Susan, who was my college and after-college roommate, and I got to be roommates again on the cruise. It was a great way to reconnect and stoke our long-distance friendship. I have so many friends who have supported me throughout the years. I am so blessed.
- Place for my mom: Like many people in the “sandwich generation,” convincing parents they need long-term care can be difficult. I have been bringing up the topic for years with much resistance. Yesterday, I toured a facility that has assisted living that will be great for her, and miracles of miracles, she is agreeing to go! I feel so relieved she will be safe and taken care of — finally.
- My book: The evening before leaving for the cruise, I sent my completed manuscript for my upcoming book, Miracle Survivors, to my editor! I felt such a wave of relief for getting it completed and now have a little break as I await her edits. The book is due out this Fall and I’ll be sharing excerpts from it in the meantime.
Hope you all are having an excellent day! Love and hugs to all of you!