Luckiest Person

Posted: July 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

::: Cancer Girls cranks up the stereo until the MonChérie’s hull is vibrating in the water at Reprieve Lagoon.
While watching Steven Lopez create magic on a canvas she and the fish sway to the music :::

    It’s wonderful to feel like you’re the luckiest person in the whole world and that’s exactly how I feel right now. Don’t look at me like I’m nutso … well, in my particular case, nutso-er.
    August 19th. This will be yet another definitive date in my life. February 4th of this past year was when a close up mammogram showed something suspicious lurking inside my right breast. April 25th was when my consciousness was forced to embrace Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). August 19th will be the date for my mastectomy. That is also when the breast reconstructive journey begins.

    Still scratch’n your head, trying to figure out how I could feel like the luckiest person in the whole world? Okay, let me spell it out for ya.

  1. Getting a yearly mammogram reinforced my loving myself enough to exercise preventative care for my body and well being.
  2. A biopsy result of DCIS is the best case scenario one could possibly ask for when being given a cancer diagnosis. It’s “Stage 0″ on the cancer scale, meaning it’s noninvasive. Because I loved myself enough to get a yearly mammogram, this cancer was caught early enough to not have to endure the various nth degrees in treatment for invasive cancer.
  3. I am genetically predisposed with a ‘piss-ant’ disposition. My spirit is that of a pragmatic fighter.
  4. My village of people is comprised of loving, humorous, supportive, compassionate and forgiving people. That is a huge component in making this war with cancer comfortable.
  5. Every single doctor on my medical team is top-notch, thorough and compassionate. An extra plus is that they seem to be able to tolerate my irreverent sense of humor.
  6. The medical staff in ALL of my doctor’s offices are FABTABULOUS! Each and every one of them are an integral part of making this entire cancer journey comfortable and fun. They are the unsung heroines and angels of the medical field. I wish I could throw them all a huge party upon my last right breast cancer office visit.
  7. I’m 52 now, by the time I’m 53 I’ll be sport’n a 25 year old rack. New boobs! Practically for free!!
  8. Via encouragement from a friend and the happenstance of cancer, a hidden talent emerged from my soul. I am indeed a writer, a wordsmith. What started out as a few posts on Facebook to let my circle of friends know about my breast cancer news has turned into a joyful coping tool, this blog. I can’t even begin to imagine my life without writing now. This blog will continue on long after my breast surgery is done.
  9. Every single woman before me that was burdened with breast cancer, especially those that our female collective consciousness lost due to this disease, has provided me the gift of tremendous opportunities. They, and their loved ones, have paved a path for a better standard of care, compassion and understanding within the medical field.
        Without them, we women would still be getting sent home the same day of our mastectomy surgery. Breast cancer would still be uttered in shameful, hushed whispers. We wouldn’t have numerous organizations that provide everything from literature; rides to doctor appointments; funds to help with treatment related co-pays, medicines, breast prothstetics, etc.,; cancer research; and, support groups for cancer patients and their families.
        Until my last breath of this life, the memory of their battles with cancer will vibrate within my own consciousness. From the depths of their courage and sacrifices, I will be an indebted survivor.
  10. I have strength, courage and wisdom. I feel like the luckiest person in this world because I have three beautiful young girls to intimately share how to discover, trust in and rely upon their own strength, courage and wisdom.
        It’s inside you too, you know. If just one of my blog posts revitalizes this within you? Helps you discover and embrace your own strength, courage and wisdom? I am then, without a doubt, the luckiest person in the whole Universe.
  11. Okay, I just had to go to #11 — it’s the competitor in me, here goes … Go reread #7.
    See? How could I not be the luckiest person in the whole world?
::: Cancer Girl throws a box full of cheap sunglasses overboard for the fish to wear.
They all bop and sway together to the beat of more music :::
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3 Comments on “Luckiest Person”

  1. 1 CrazyYarnHarlot said at 3:29 am on July 24th, 2010:

    I just want to say, you are not the only lucky one. I consider myself lucky to be a part of your life. You are amazing Cherie. I wake up every day and feel blessed that I have people like you in my life. The little irritations of simply moving through the world are nothing compared to the daily battle you wage, with courage, dignity, beauty, humor, compassion and love. The world, at least the part I share with you, is a better place, due to your presence in it. I love you today.

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 4:52 am on July 24th, 2010:

    {: ) WRITE on!

  3. 3 Chérie said at 2:47 pm on July 27th, 2010:

    ::smothers CrazyYarnHarlot's face with a fully expanded hand, then hugs her tight:: Thank you, Baby Girl. I am truly humbled by your eloquent words of love and support. I really am. I love you today, too.

    Anonymous … Ditto, Duuude! When are YOU going to start up your own 'write on' site???