I guess it’s been a while since I posted – exactly 2 years, in fact…and so much has happened. I can’t let today of all days go by without a post.
5 years ago my life was turned upside down. 5 years ago I started worrying about things I never thought I had to before. 5 years since I heard the words, “You have breast cancer.”
Dr. P says that the 5 years from date of diagnosis without recurrence means that I’m “cured.” Dr. C says it’s 5 years from the last chemo treatment. Since that’s another 18 months away (or so), excuse me if I’m not celebrating yet. I do feel pretty good, though, and all my mammos have been clear. I recently had a keloid removed from my left breast which was bothering me, and that went well. I put on weight because for so long I ate whatever I wanted in order to keep weight on…and now I’m trying to get that extra weight off. I’m doing intermittent fasting – fasting for 16 hours, eating for 8 and it’s going pretty well. I haven’t gotten on a scale recently, but my “fat” jeans are pretty loose now.
I changed jobs again about a year ago, and I love it. I’m with a small startup which has a managed solution for fundraising based on Salesforce. I feel like I’m contributing, my job is a little bit of everything, and I get to meet people from all over. I never would have thought I’d be in the for-profit business, but since we are making something to help higher education and non-profits, I think I can be excused.
The Chang family has had a less than ideal year. My SIL passed away at the end of September, and my BIL 3 weeks later. My sister has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and she is like a second mother to me. The family dynamics are slowing changing – some of the next generation have found partners, and are successful in their own rights. I guess that’s to be expected, as life goes on. At least for me, for now, life goes on cancer-free.