In 25 years since that diagnosis I have had some major life experiences. I saw a friend give birth, I got divorced, I moved across country, my mother died, I lived on my own, I met my husband, I got married, had a 20 different jobs, changed careers, got Bachelors and Masters degrees, ran a non-profit and now I think about running for elected office and am desperately trying to make a difference. So the last 25 years has been a rollercoaster. And it has been a wonderful ride.
In the next year I want to take life one week at a time. I want to work on my health. I want to spend more time with friends. I want to help women run for office. I want to write and blog more. I want to declutter and simplify. I want to travel. I will be happy and healthy and live every day for the gift that I was given so long ago. It truly is a blessing to be a survivor. It is not lost on me that Dr. Hunter was right when she told me on March 1, 1992 that if I was going to get cancer Hodgkins was the one I should get. Seeing what cancer has done in the lives of other people, it was the best case scenario.
I looked out at the ocean in one of the most beautiful places in the world, took it all in and sighed a breath of release. Those 25 years were hard and wonderful and blessed. I took another deep breath and thought about the future. I thought it was time to really use the gift I was given. Live a good and wonderful life. And so I shall.