Not So Wordless Wednesday – The Big 10!


I’m having cheesecake for breakfast. And I totally deserve it!

I had a check up and a chat with my oncologist yesterday, and he told me “See you in a year”. 10 years ago this month, we had a very different conversation, we were setting up my cancer treatment for the following 9 months.

Today, he sent me off and said “There are no symptoms or warning signs, and you’re still in NED (no evidence of disease) zone; let’s hope for many more like this”.

That means that I’ve officially reached my 10 year cancer-free anniversary!!


The past 10 years have not been easy but they were also amazing! I’ve tried to live each day to the fullest. The degrees on that fullness scale have been different, not according to some abstract point of perfection, but rather whatever fullest meant on each particular day: some were spent on doing, serving, creating or participating; and others were laying in bed but holding on to hope that tomorrow would be better.

My head is bowed in remembrance of those who lost their cancer battle, the ones I know of, and the ones who are dear to your heart! I will carry a spark of their fighting spirits for as long as I live.

But, today, cancer and I have an understanding, we don’t step on each other’s toes and respect each other’s tenacious desire to never meet again. I let it roam in its dark realms where no human wants to exist, and cancer let me stomp the Earth to see my child grow and become a man.

I don’t know what the future holds, of course, but, today, let’s just say “Cheers to The Big 10″!!