Thursday, December 25, 2014

Where has the time gone! The past few months have been busy, I feel like yesterday was summer. 

October I participated in Light the Night for the second year. Again, I was honored and overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. Team one step @ a time raised quite a bit of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! At the walk I was asked last minute to speak as the honored hero. I honestly had about 5-10 minutes to write something up. I made a brief speech, but as always it made me reflect on my journey. At the walk you are given a white balloon which represents patients and survivors, a gold balloon which represents those we walk in honor of and red balloon for caregivers and supporters. Being on that stage made me realize how grateful I am to carry a white balloon. There were very few white balloons at the walk. Sadly, there were many more gold balloons. The white balloon for me on this journey is a light of strength. Cancer isn't for the faint of heart. Everyday I’m inspired by not only the things I have accomplished since my diagnosis, but I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by patients who put up an amazing fight. The quote on my banner this year was, "you have to fight through some tough days to earn the best days of your life".  You have to dig deep to find strength on the toughest days. While I’m through the worst part of my treatment, I still experience many side effects from treatment. I hope the best is yet to come. 

November marked two years since my diagnosis. Two years that I wouldn’t change for a second. As I’ve said before, cancer has changed me forever. I’ll never be the same person I was before I heard the words, "you have cancer".  Cancer has been my biggest life lesson. It’s taught me that I’m stronger than I ever thought possible. It’s shown me that with a little determination anything is possible. It’s brought people into my life that I’m honored to call my friends. It’s shown me that I have people who love, care and support me. My "A" team has never wavered and have been by my side every step of the way. These past two years have taught me to appreciate life. They’ve taught me to slow down and never take the little things for granted, because, who knows, maybe one day I might realize these were the BIG things. Most importantly, I’ve been reminded to not get too ahead of myself, and take everything one step @ a time. 

December has been busy getting ready for the holidays. I just want to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. I hope the New Year brings much happiness and good health to you. I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store! 

Till next time…KMS