November 15, 2007
Happy birthday to me!
Today I am 48 years old. When I was diagnosed with metastatic disease in August of 2002 at age 42, I wasn't sure I would live even one more year. How thankful I am to be here more than five years later, living a (relatively) good life, with stable disease that responds to treatment.
Last night my choir was here for rehearsal and we celebrated two birthdays -- mine and R's, who turns 28 tomorrow. She and I are exactly 20 years and one day apart in age. Before we got down to the singing, we ate from three of my personal food groups:
CHOCOLATE: mini chocolate cakes with molten centers
CHAMPAGNE: Cristallino Cava Rose Brut
WHIPPED CREAM; unsweetened with just a hint of vanilla
(I ate from my fourth food group, POTATO CHIPS, yesterday and didn't share them with anyone, not even Rik. And I even left evidence of my binge in the garbage for him to find.)
My birthday wish is for my cancer continue to be slow-growing and respond well to treatment. And may I live long enough to benefit from a cure for breast cancer!