Sunday, August 1, 2010

My 10 Year Cancerversary

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2000. I don’t have an exact date to celebrate because I’ve really tried to forget it all back then. My mammograms have always been in June so by the time I get the results and scans done, it’s usually sometime in July that I get the official word. So long story short … I’ve had cancer 10 years with 2 reoccurrences and the latest being metastatic.

It’s been quite the ride and I’ve gotten to know many brave and courageous warriors along the way. I’m sorry to say too many have passed on. Even my doctor that diagnosed me in 2000 fought her short battle with colon cancer and lost. It’s not fair and it’s not right, as if that makes any difference. We lose so many people to this awful disease. 

I’ve had many ups and downs but I still feel lucky that 10 years later I am here talking about my 10 year cancerversary.

10 comments:

Sara Williams said...

Well done on getting to your 10 year anniversary, you are an amazing and strong person. Yes, too many friends have lost their lives to cancer but we keep up the good fight. Heres to another 10 Daria xxx

www.sarasfightback.blogspot.com

Holly said...

happy happy 10 year re-birthday...you inspire us all!

Bernie Wood said...

Happy Cancerversary - is that a word? You have done well Daria and I am sure you have been just as strong at the beginning as you are now. I was diagnosed in Oct. 2001 (found lump in Sept) finished treatment July 2002 and have not had a recurrance. I don't know why some do and some don't completely heal. I almost feel guilty but I know you want everyone healed of this disease. I pray a cure will come soon my friend.......:-) Hugs

Caroline said...

Ten years is ten years. Congratulations!

Katie Ford Hall said...

I'm glad too. :)

Alli said...

Daria.
-and I am very glad that you are here to celebrate your tenth Cancerversary!!

Alli XOXO

Debra Ward said...

Daria,

I feel so fortunate that you are around to share your cancer journey. Thank you for your courage in fighting your cancer and re-occurrences with everything but also for your honest portrayal of what that fight entails.

Your blog is a forthright, unblinking yet positive glimpse into "Living with Cancer".

By sharing your progress and setbacks you have created a powerful recovery tool for not only yourself but for anyone who reads your words. Words are so powerful, that yours are so poignant makes them doubly so.

Kind regards,

Debra Ward

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

I am so sorry that you have had to deal with this awful disease so long! It's not fair! but you do deal with it with so much grace and area role model for us all.

Ann said...

Can't wait for your 20th!

Carol Pack Urban said...

I'm so glad that you are here 10 years later, and that I've gotten to know you. Thank you for being my friend. You are amazing!