chloesmom Posted October 10, 2009 Share Posted October 10, 2009 Today is my 54th birthday! I'm really not surprised at my birthdays anymore, but when I was 47, and newly diagnosed with lung cancer, I don't think I had a lot of hope that I would ever see my 54th birthday, and I don't think anyone else who knew me would have thought that either. That year, only two years out from breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I had my lobectomy in June, and a chemo treatment on my birthday. My only focus at that time was to get through treatment and get my physical and emotional health back. I did eventually get back to 'normal' , kind of, and celebrated my 50th with a big bash at a friend's house. I look at my birthdays differently than my friends do. I feel nothing but joy, and they feel a little sad that they are getting older. I don't know about the getting older part being something I cherish, but I spent a lot of dark, lonely days early on in this battle thinking I would not be seeing many more birthdays. I've had a big change in my life in the past few months--I've retired from my job, something that has been a dependable constant in my life for 30 years. I was a very lucky person to find a profession that suited me, and I do miss my job, but in an effort to try to avoid layoffs, offers were made to pension eligible people, and I decided I couldn't refuse. I'm doing fine, but going from 100 mph to 0 in a day was somewhat of a shock! Now, I'm playing golf more often (sure wish my game would improve ), doing some things around the house that I've been waiting to have time for, and trying to decide what I want to do employment wise going forward. Just wanted to update you all and let you know that probably I wouldn't be faring nearly as well if not for the support and hope that I've found here on this board for 6+ years now. I still check the boards nearly every day and celebrate the successes and grieve the losses of the members. So, thanks for everything you've all given me so far, whether you are a survivor or a compassionate caregiver, your fellowship means a lot to me. Cindy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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