I got a call last Tuesday from my surgeon with my pathology results from surgery. Lymph node involvement was confirmed to be negative. Such a huge relief to know the cancer hadn't spread, I can't even tell you. Also, the mass was smaller than they originally had thought, being less than 2cm in size. This means that my cancer was in Stage I. Thank gawd. As horrible as a cancer diagnosis is, it is what it is, and I feel blessed to know that mine was at least caught at such an early stage.
On top of that, I have to say that I am the happiest that I have been in a long time. In months, even, from even before my diagnosis. Not to say that I don't have any complaints, because I do, but I am loving life right now. Why? Because each morning I wake up knowing I am one day closer to full recovery. Every day things get a little easier (for now, at least.. until chemo starts.. bah!) and I've accepted that for now, I have a new 'norm.' But it's only for now.
But most of all, I am loving life because I can see so much more clearly now, that there is a reason why life throws these road blocks at us. Not only does it create a challenge which in the end proves to ourselves what exactly we can overcome, but they give us lessons that we will learn so much from. I know that for myself, I have a new appreciation for so many things in my life. There are so many things that I will never take for granted again, from the little things like being able to wash my hair with both hands, to my family and the love and respect that I have for them.
At this particular moment, I feel that life is so great. I get to occupy my time with doing the things I like, and more importantly, with the people who make me happy. It's the good life. ♥