8/17/16

One Year Ago


One year ago today, I began my "Cancer Journey."  Sometimes a year of life seems to pass in the blink-of-an-eye, and sometimes one hour seems to stretch endlessly on.  However we process the passing of time, it's different for each one of us.  At times, this past year seems to have flown by, but mostly it has moved so very slowly.  I am forever grateful to have had a wonderful support system....my family, all of you, and this wonderful man of mine.
I often get teary just thinking how grateful and blessed I am to have had Rick in my life for all these many years (47 and counting).  He was by my side for every single appointment, sitting countless hours on uncomfortable chairs, but always ready to do whatever I needed him today.  I know there are many women and men who go through serious illness alone and survive and bless their hearts for being that strong.  I'm just glad I didn't have to do this by myself.



I am forever grateful that we live close to the best Cancer Center in the nation....MD Anderson.  I am forever grateful for the wonderful doctors, nurses and volunteers who try their best to make you as comfortable as possible, but also realize and understand how frightening it all is.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but please start today to do self-exams and become very familiar with all of your lumps and bumps.  YOU are the BEST first step!

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Thanks to all of you who have been so very supportive during this past year.  I feel very blessed to say you are my friends!

Warm hugs,
Carol


17 comments:

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a blessing you are now Cancer Free. You were such a trooper, God Bless. You look amazing by the way.

Diane Writes said...

Hi Carol! It's been a while since I last visited here. As I was browsing my blog links, I thought of you and your journey. I just have to check out your blog. True enough, I'm so glad to hear the greatest news. Wishing you more blessings and the happiest life.

Blondie's Journal said...

Carol...I just love ya! The diagnosis and treatment made it very real for women (who read your posts) who have not only been through it but could learn a lot more to get the exams. The fact that you had a smile on your face in all of these pictures in not only a testament to your personality and positive thinking, but the hope we all must grasp when faced with cancer.

MD Anderson is the best as I've heard and it is now associated with a huge hospital blocks from my house. My husband has always been an advocate of Northwestern here in Chicago and he has good reason. But it's also nice to know there is something 5 minutes away.

Sending love and good wishes. Yes, time is hard to account for!

Jane

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Carol,
What a journey you and your sweet man embarked upon! I have always been so proud of you and your strength and courage. It is so good to see you here with your pretty smile, darling hairdo and good health!
Blessing always and sending you a big hug too!

Maria Elena said...

I am so very happy you made it though this journey with flying colors and had all the love and support of your friends and family. You know we love you and were with you every step of the way. Lots of hugs! Maria

Kim said...

Wow, Carol, a year? Like you said, it seems much longer...and at the same time shorter than that. I am so glad that you are cancer free and you made it through the journey with your ever-present smile. You are a true inspiration. A giant hug to you my friend! xoxo

Debby Ray said...

Oh what a wonderful, uplifting post Carol! And such an awesome photo display of your journey! Thank YOU for allowing us to share and support you...what an inspiration I am sure you are to anyone who is or has gone down this road. Hugs, to you sweet friend! ♥

Jen said...

Just had my annual mammo. I actually thought of you on the way to get it done. Weird since we've never met :-) Congratulations on getting through a difficult year. You sure are looking happy and healthy!
Take care
Jeannette

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Sending you a big hug, my friend! I know you're thankful for that hubby of yours every single day. He's a keeper, for sure! xoxo

Traci said...

Sending hugs & prayers of thanksgiving! So, so happy you're doing well!

Pamela said...

It has been some year Carol. Continued prayers and hugs! You are a true inspiration.

Jan said...

Carol, you don't know me, but I find it remarkable that I stumbled upon this post and your blog today.
My name is Jan. I have a sister...we call her Georgie. Today, this very day, my sister gets to "ring the bell!" She is a 5 year survivor of Breast Cancer!!! Georgie had a double mastectomy five years ago!
So, in a way I understand what you have been through this past year after watching my sister struggle and dealing with this terrible disease these past five years.
You are very fortunate that you have a loving husband who was there for you.
Congratulations Carol!!!

With Love and Hugs

Jan

Jan said...

Carol, you don't know me, but I find it remarkable that I stumbled upon this post and your blog today.
My name is Jan. I have a sister...we call her Georgie. Today, this very day, my sister gets to "ring the bell!" She is a 5 year survivor of Breast Cancer!!! Georgie had a double mastectomy five years ago!
So, in a way I understand what you have been through this past year after watching my sister struggle and dealing with this terrible disease these past five years.
You are very fortunate that you have a loving husband who was there for you.
Congratulations Carol!!!

With Love and Hugs

Jan

Art @ Home said...

I think you have inspired so many people as you fought and defeated cancer. You have certainly inspired me! You look so cute...your hair is so curly!!! I really like it. Was it ever curly before?

Stephanie said...

My dear Carol, thank you for sharing your journey with us. My, what a beautiful testimony you have and I must say reading your post was very inspirational. What a joy, dear one. Hugs to you!

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

Carol, I'm so happy I discovered you and your blog as you were on that cancer journey, but I'm even happier that you are now cancer free! You are so blessed to be married to this wonderful man, because just having him there to travel on your journey with, I'm sure helped in your healing. God bless you both!

Vel Criste said...

I can't believe it's been year into your journey Carol! I will continue to pray for you dear and yes, Rick is your Rock and we all think he is definitely AWESOME!

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