Today marks a special day. Three years ago my loving husband, Miles, chased after Dr. Flores in the ICU to ask him if my surgery had made me “NED – No Evidence of Disease.” I held my breath – trust me, not easy with one lung – as Dr. Flores walked back into the room, and I cried tears of joy when he confirmed that yes, I was NED, and he could no longer see any cancer inside of me. You may remember that I called this “the best day of my life.”
It’s true – up until then, that WAS the best day of my life. Hands down. Now, though (warning, I’m about to get a little philosophical here) every single day after that is my new best day. That surgery paved the way for every day to be better than the last, because it gave me a chance to live the life that was nearly taken away.
I love this anniversary. It reminds me of where Miles and I have been, and how lucky we are to be where we are now. It provides us with a concrete measuring point to look back on that first year mark, and then on the amazing developments that were made possible by turning two years NED.
Yesterday, exactly 3 years after my surgery date, I had an incredible opportunity to reflect on the past three years, as I shared my patient story at the City of Hope Leadership Update summit. City of Hope is so near and dear to my heart, and I’m infinitely grateful for the chance to publicly thank Dr. Karen Reckamp, RN Carrie Christiansen, and the entire City of Hope team.
And finally, just because I can’t resist…the latest picture of our beautiful Angela! She’s doing such a great job growing these little zucchinis! Can’t believe we’ll already be at 27 weeks tomorrow!
Much love. Live in the moment.