Happy 4 Year Anniversary

7/17/12 – It was 4 years ago today when I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. I remember like it was yesterday… the words coming out of the thoracic surgeon’s mouth, waiting to see the oncologist, Googling “Mantle Cell Lymphoma” on my Blackberry, reading all the negative things on the web and feeling that I had just been given a death sentence…

Now when you Fast Forward my life 4 years ahead you find someone with very little evidence of every being sick. PLEASE trust me when I say that being told you have Mantle Cell Lymphoma does not mean you have been given a death sentence. As I think about it, when I told I had mantle Cell it was more like a “Life Sentence”. I was sentenced to live my life, my hopefully long life, in a way that I truly see each day as a gift. Although I have never been one to see my cancer as a gift (if it was a gift I would ask for the receipt and return it) I truly believe that LIFE IS A GIFT. As cancer survivors we simply see it clearer than most others. We do try to make the best of each day.

As you may have seen on my last posting I have to go back for a PET scan because there was something showing on my CT scan in June. Although I am very confident that I am fine, this does bring in to focus that my Mantle Cell is a part of me forever. I will always have to be checked and pay attention to what my body is telling me so that I could have my brilliant doctors take care of whatever ever is going on. I recently have felt that I was taking my health for granted and was being a little lax with my eating habits so I decided to start eating healthier. I have been on Weight Watchers since April and have lost about 35 pounds. I feel GREAT!!!! YES, Life is a Gift, but it is probably a good idea to take care of such a great gift.

Psalm 118:24 – "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

I truly find peace in music. Here are the lyrics to a beautiful song by the David Crowder Band called “Sometimes” that I think you will find peace in also. Enjoy!

"Sometimes"Sometimes every one of us feelsLike we'll never be healedSometimesSometimes every one of us achesLike we'll never be savedSometimes
When you've given upLet your healing comeTill you're rising upLet your healing come
It's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in youIt's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in youSometimes
SometimesIt's like we'll never atoneFor all the love we've knownSometimesLike in a smile or a songWhen you feel love comeAnd that feeling's goneIt flies
When we've given upLet your healing comeWhen there's nothing leftLet your healing comeTill we're rising upLet your healing comeWhere you go, we will followWhere you go, we will follow
It's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in youIt's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in your, we're lost in youIt's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in youIt's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shore
Don't be afraidDon't be afraidJust set your sail
And risk the ocean, there's only graceLet's risk the ocean, there's only graceLet's risk the ocean, there's only graceLet's risk the ocean, there's only grace
It's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in youIt's your love that we adoreIt's like a sea without a shoreWe're lost in you, we're lost in you
Where you go we will followI'm on my kneesWhere you go we will followOh, God send meWhere you go we will followI'm on my kneesWhere you go we will followSometimes
Here is a YouTube link to “Sometimes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSFoRKnD6Ss

I plan to post my next update after I get my PET scan results on August 20th.

More to come…



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