Happy 7 Year Anniversary

7/17/15 – Today marks 7 years since I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. As strange as it may seem, this is a day when I feel the need to celebrate.
When I think back to July 17, 2008, the day I was diagnosed… as I sat in a waiting room, waiting to speak to an oncologist at Morristown Hospital, I am using my Blackberry to Google Mantle Cell Lymphoma. I read many grim post and articles. Everything on the internet was telling me that my time was short, I had maybe 2 to 3 years at best and that Mantle Cell Lymphoma was truly a death sentence… At the same time I am hiding what I am doing and reading from my wife. I put on a strong face, I make it known that this is no big deal, that I will be fine, and that we have nothing to worry about… Within my personal thoughts I was trying to process just what was happening to me.
If you take that moment back in 2008… and then see that 7 years have passed, why would you not want to celebrate? Although I have had my ups and downs over the 7 years, I have had many awesome times. Times and events I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. And in a week from today I will be at my daughter Jill’s wedding. This is certainly not something that seemed feasible as I sat in a Morristown waiting room back in 2008.
Sure I still have some work ahead me to get back to full health, but I will fight, I will get healthy and I will be here to celebrate many more July 17thAnniversaries.
Also, there are so many people to thank for all the support I have gotten over the years. To all, and you know who you are, please accept my sincere THANKS for all you do for me and my family. And for my family, you are the reason I fight on. I love you so much.
To my fellow cancer fighters… Cancer research and treatment has incredible advancements every day. We can never give up because we just never know what great advancement each new day brings.
Stay STRONG, Be POSITIVE and may the Peace of Christ be with you always.
Here is a great song about being strong. It’s called: “You Gotta Be” by Des'ree Enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oZXJD1NVW0
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.Psalm 28:7-8
More to come…

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