“Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did. Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid” – Elton John
It has been three years since my wife’s cancer surgery. We haven’t even talked about it being an anniversary of that day. I know she has been begging her oncologist to be removed from some of the test medications she has been taking. Maybe 3 years has been enough. Well today is a milestone. Probably a milestone my wife would rather forget than celebrate, yet one to set as a marker along the side of the road of life. I for one still remember that day like it was yesterday. Reading that blog entry again seems so surreal.
3 years. Since then it has been:
- 3 more surgeries.
- Taking 4 huge pills daily. Although she can tell you, I don’t know if I can tell you what they are for. One is to fight the reoccurrence of cancer, another is for the side effects and another is to balance out the side effects is all I know.
- Additionally there is that monthly shot that leaves her belly black and blue for a week
- Then there is the 3 times a week physical therapy. That knife thing scares me. It is supposed to smooth out the skin and prevent the build up of scar tissue, but it is just ridiculous,
- There is the monthly counseling with the oncologist and staff, and
- There is the monthly meeting to go over the test results of her medications.
Despite being a daily voluntary lab rat the last several years to help studies for future victims of cancer, my wife has really embraced life more than ever and it has changed her. Her strength and her courage are beyond what I ever imagined she had in her. Those changes in her life mentioned above might be considered inconveniences to many of us, but she takes it all in stride to the point where she forgets to tell me that she had an appointment until the day is over and to say that the oncologist told her to say hi to me.
They say that you aren’t truly in remission until you pass the five year mark, but my wife is already a Survivor. More than that, she is a Winner.