Sunday, a year ago today, I was preparing to change my life. I was to be at the hospital by the crack of dawn Monday morning to prepare for my 12 and 1/2 hour marathon surgery. A bilateral prophylactic mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. Over the year I have discussed at length the who, what and why’s.
One year later I look back and am still very surprised and how much this decision changed my life. Clearly the fact that cancer markers were found and I reacted before cancer, is an obvious reason as to why I would be happy with my decision. It is the rest that really has made me a happier person.
I enjoy every minute. I know that sounds ridiculous and of course there are the normal issues during the day that get on my nerves but as to my family I really can not wait for the next thing. The next wonderful thing that comes out of Madison’s amazingly advanced 6-year-old mouth. Watching my extremely talented Megan as she raises the bar of what is possible with each god given day. My wonderful husband who deals with the frustrations of thankless non caring bosses and the daily grind that allows me to still be home with my girls. I take nothing for granted, I thank god for each day. That may sound strange to many who are close to me since they know that I am not a very religious person. Raised Catholic, non practicing for more years than I can count, I can not deny that a higher being in involved in many of the things that have happened in my life even if I do not always buy into the norms of structured religion.
Unlike my mother and so many woman around the world, I was able to avoid breast cancer. I remember when the most important thing in my life was the next work ranking report, the next inventory, the next meeting blah blah. How small that seems now. Today the most important thing to me in ensuring that I hug my kids daily. So many people do not understand. Many never will , other just do not care.
I am no longer defined by what others think….another change that has come over the last year. Tomorrow we have no set plans. My girls and I will take the day as it comes. I am sure that the events of a year ago will be on my mind often this week. The pain, the struggles, the frustration, the relief that I did not have cancer, the realization that after many years of hate just maybe someone is watching over us.
I guess my mind will be a little full this week. Looks like it will be a great week.