It's hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since I was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma. My life has changed so much during this past year. One year ago I was running a medical practice and ambulance company, my kids were in daycare full time and I was healthy. Fast forward one year and I have had two surgeries, an 11 mm melanoma removed and 50+ lymph nodes from my neck and underarm, 8 months into chemotherapy and staying at home with my kids. We sold our house and moved in with family.
Despite all of those changes, I still have to say "Thank You" to the cancer. Despite having a high recurrence rate and going through hell on this chemo, cancer has changed my life for the better. My eyes have been opened to what life is all about and what is important. I used to think that my job defined who I was, now I believe that is farthest from the truth. YOU define who you are, not your job, not your house, not even your children. It is so freeing to have a new perspective. For once in my life I feel like I am able to live how I want to live. I could not choose whether or not to have cancer, but I have been able to choose how I let it affect my life. It has taken a while to get to this point and my journey is still continuing and hopefully it will be a long one . . .