Caravan Sonnet: cancer FREE

4/16/18

cancer FREE

Five years ago (and 10 days) my life as I knew it changed. It was 6 weeks after I had received the diagnosis of Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease, the day after I had received several additional health diagnosis' & I was sitting alone in a doctors office thousands of miles away from my family, hearing the devastating news that I had Cancer. Alone & very scared I was told that I would need immediate surgery & chemo & there were questions that this may have been the issue all along. Surgery would tell all.
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The next three days were filled with lots of scans, tests & tears & the surgery. Beautifully, (while I still needed treatment) the prognosis wasn't as dire as originally thought & my surgeon declared that a miracle. I went to bed grateful yet overwhelmed as the doctors words of "the next five years will tell the story of your journey with skin cancer...it will be an absolute miracle if you heal" ringing in my ears..
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I think back to that day 5 years ago feeling hopeless & scared & not knowing the road and journey that was to come. .
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But Friday morning I left the doctor for my 5 year scan grateful & overwhelmed with emotion as I received incredible news that what I was told 5 years ago would be impossible & a miracle: I am officially Cancer FREE...I spoke with the surgeon from all those years ago recently (to thank them) & was told "I don't often witness the miracle stories but you are one".
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This journey may still have a ways to go in regards to total healing, but this is a beautiful victory, with lots of rejoicing, lots of laughter & hugs, & doctors encouraging words & celebrations.
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Every serious illness journey is filled with hundreds of people who play such important & key roles in it. Words could never describe the gratitude I continue to have for each of you that are walking this difficult road with me. 

Thank you to those of you who have given financially in the past to help me get to where I am & to those of you who continue to pray. Your support, your encouragement, & your love are priceless gifts in this journey. 

Thank you for weeping with me when I weep, & for rejoicing with us in this beautiful news today.

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