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!


  1. Anonymous1:24 PM

    Congratulations! on your Birthday and your Cancer. There are so many people who share this special Day with you.

  2. Betsey7:50 PM

    Hi Jill and Happy Birthday. Sweet and Salty with a little bubbly... perfect. I share your wish to live to see a cure for breast cancer and also the breast MRI showed my cancer where the mammogram was inconclusive. I hope that they become a covered service and are readily available to all women. Great info and thank you so much for being you and all that you contribute to the Mets group and on your blog. MANY happy returns to celebrating your birth. Betsey W.

  3. Anonymous6:25 AM

    Happy Birthday to Jill! And many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many more. Bis hundertzwanzig, as we say!

    from Claire & Matt

  4. lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this