Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Mom, Allison, and me.... proud I had hair! Spring 2011
As 2014 ends today I definitely ponder another year without cancer.
Melanoma is one that can return with no notice and people who have been diagnosed are not even given the prognosis of remission, we live with NED, No Evidence of Disease. This is very confusing to many people and I stick to language that is familiar to people, like remission.
I am 3 1/2 years NED.....and SO GRATEFUL.
Yet, my scars continue to remind me of my battle.
Many of us carry these scars and will always experience fear at new pains in our bodies, feel our lymph nodes while showering, look at new spots and wonder how long they have been there.
I suppose I am grateful I "got out" of fighting cancer as well as I did. Most people do not know I was sick and cannot believe I almost died from "just skin cancer." I even had a coworker tell me she was reconsidering using sunscreen because of me.... ( that's right, she doesn't in using sunscreen.)
My caring bridge entry after finding out the cancer was gone: