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