I am also working towards my ninth year since my cancer diagnosis. I sat with a young woman last night that has three young daughters and had been diagnosed in September with DCIS and decided to go with a bilateral mastectomy in October and as we talked about what she is physically and emotionally feeling, I felt blest to be so far out and doing well. Yes, there have been biopsies and scares in the interim but on the whole, we are moving forward. I could hear her thoughts as she talked about her nipples and tatooing them and what would she feel like or think after this was all completed. I gave her my cell and home number as well as work and we hugged as if we had known each other forever and yet we have only met a few times but we are among the sisterhood of survivors. She hit my prayer list last night. I also am thankful that 10 years ago today I came back to working in Meadville and started back at MMCHS which is where I started in training to become a nurse in 1970 and where I started as a candy striper and a nurses aide and then on to nurses training. It has been my home for a lifetime in so many ways and will also be where I hopefully retire from some day.
Yes the crazies are here but despite the frenzy, people show more love and compassion, caring, and even a little more patience. I know it has been said but I wish this could continue all year long. The hustle and bustle is exhausting, the feeling of Christmas is delightful so today and everyday I will try to Make It A Great Day!.