Aug 29, 2009
Four years ago today, I was wheeled into surgery very unsure of what was to follow. I had been "fast tracked" so the thought it might be cancer hadn't really had a chance to set in yet. In some ways, it feels like it has been 10 years, but in others, it seems like it can't be more than a few months. I never take for granted that I am one of the lucky ones. I'm still here four years after diagnosis...and, as far as I know, I am still stable. I have my three-month check-up the week after next at MD Anderson. Although I don't expect to have any changes, we all know how sneaky this darn thing is.
I'm already looking forward to the future. I will be the first one to tell people not to look at statistics. They take the human element out of a cancer diagnosis. Everyone is unique. But I can't help but look towards that five year survivor mark. I want more than anything to be one of that 40% who are alive five years after high stage ovarian cancer diagnosis. I will be definitely be celebrating this weekend. But next year, it's a party, and you're all invited!