It’s appropriate that today is the day I can finally put pen to paper — er, fingers to keyboard — to share the news.

My CA-125 continues to decline. We officially have the downward trend that my oncologist was waiting for.

Unbeknownst to me, during the labwork before my 2nd round of chemo, he had my cancer marker run as well as the usual CBC (complete blood panel). And, though my 2nd round of treatment had been delayed twice, the marker was lower.

In his words, he’s “very pleased,” which is about the most emotion I’ve seen out of him.

I’m thankful for this news in addition to being thankful for so many things in my life. I often say “Life is good” and I mean it — it’s complicated and messy, but its a life of which I’m proud. It’s been built and shaped by more than just me. People and experiences too vast to list here went into my making. This journey with cancer has been no different.

Cancer upended my life and exploded the pieces of who I thought I was. It forced me to take stock of what’s important, what most certainly is not, and nearly three years later, as I continue to fight, I am the truest version of myself I have ever been.

Life is good. I am thankful and grateful. For you. For my life.

Happy Thanksgiving.

(Hug your person/people/animal extra hard today.)

29 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you both! It’s kind of interesting to discover what is truly important and what is not–a lot of people don’t get that chance. You can thank cancer for that; I thank my disability.
    It’s just my love and me for the feast today, but we’ll be thinking about our families, which of course includes you and yours! Blessings and peace for you throughout the days of winter. The term I prefer for this season is “the dreamtime of the Goddess” (when Nature is resting and replenishing for the next cycle of growth and harvest). It’s a good time for soup, family/friends gathering and doing nothing very important but bonding and having a good time. Cozy times!
    Hug each other from us. Love you guys!

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  2. Such great news!!!! So proud of you for your strength on this crazy Journey filled with highs and lows!! Beyond inspiring>>>. Thanks for updates…. Lov ya tons champ!!!!


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