Six years and counting…

It was six years ago last night that I was going to take my life, hearing two weeks earlier that I had only six months to a year to live.

There was a telephone call a few hours earlier asking for my volunteerism with an American Cancer Society walk in the autumn. I knew the coordinator calling, and told her about the “Carcinoid Cancer” (now NETs) diagnosis.

I ended the call with, “I’ll see you next weekend at the Relay,” and hung up. Because I was true to my word and figured she was a mandatory reporter anyway, I suspended my plan until after I saw her.

The following day, May 29, 2012 I had an appointment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Dr. David Byrd, the surgeon who performed my mastectomy and node biopsy in 2007.  I learned from Dr. Byrd that there was a much different possibility than what I heard from Lt. Col. Dr. Tommy Brown two weeks earlier.

Dr. Byrd shared that there was hope for life beyond that year. A good portion of the rest of the story can be read in my “About the Author” page, and in blog posts in April through July 2012.

What I want to share here is this…

We must question what we hear.

Living in fear to the point of worry robs us of LIFE. Worry is the lie that fear tells to us.

So, it has been six YEARS thus far…and I am looking for six years times two or three. Here is to living life, one day at a time!!

 

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