Important Milestone Today!

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Well, today is worthy of a little celebration I think! It marks the 4 year anniversary of my original diagnosis, and every day out from that is a an absolute blessing, considering how ill I was, and how advanced my cancer had become in a short space of time.

I don’t use the word cured, and never will, and my consultants don’t use the word remission either, but that’s ok. I will never say I’ve beaten this disease. I’m happy to be feeling well and getting a no evidence of disease result twice in this process as it’s as much as is realistically possible to hope for in my opinion with this disease. I guess the clock starts ticking again since I had surgery for my recurrence and if I’m lucky enough to get 5 years out from that it would take me to 2025, but I won’t count my chickens! 

I don’t use words like “journey” in all of this-each to their own- but it’s been a hard process to get here and I am forever changed both physically and mentally. It’s been extremely tough.

But it’s a nice day today, and I may raise a glass later in thanks to the brilliant surgeons who saved my life and gave me a second chance. I am so very grateful for their skills.

Sarah xx

  • I apologise if I’ve offended anyone by my post. A lot of views, but not a single reply or even reaction all day. I’m going to take a break from the forum now as I’m going away for a while. I’d love if someone might welcome any newcomers to the group, as it can be hard for someone to make that first post on a public forum. A simple welcome might mean the world, even if you can’t help specifically. 

    Sarah xx


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  • Sarah that is definitely worth a drink, and I shall share one with you.

    Cancerversaries are always a strange time, and we all deal with it differently. Mine is next weekend. 8 years for me!  I struggle with this time, and I always run away and hide. This year is no different, we are going away for the weekend, where I pretend it is just a “normal day”. But we know that is impossible don’t we, there really isn’t a normal after cancer. 

    I hope you enjoy your break away xx 

    Chelle 

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  • Thank you for posting, it’s really good to know it’s possible to have such a positive attitude after what you’ve been through. I hope you enjoyed the day and have many, many more to come x

  • Oh Sarah!  I've just seen your post.  I was away from home last night and this is terrific news.  I think it is a very important milestone indeed and you're right, we have to celebrate the wins we have along the way.  I for one would like to congratulate you on your four year anniversary.  You have travelled a long road thus far and travelled it very bravely and also are always there for us.    It would be a terrible terrible thing for you not to be here with us.  You are such a tower of strength and bring us inspiration and hope.  Have a lovely time wherever you are going and a well earned rest.  I wish you continued good health and strength and I would like to thank you again for all your support.  Have a lovely time and please don't stay away too long?  Lots of love xxx

  • Thanks Chelle, it’s a strange day every year because everything is different now, nothing is normal in the way it was before. But we are going on holiday tomorrow and I’m hoping it will be a chance to get away in more ways than one this time.

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi Julie

    Thank you for being so kind. We are off to Majorca tomorrow for 10 nights and really looking forward to some warmth! I’ll get to be out and about a bit more as I’ve got a mobility scooter being delivered to the hotel, so might be a bit like Madge from Benidorm! 

    It was a strange day yesterday so I was probably being a bit over sensitive to all sorts. 

    But I do hope that some of you ladies might feel able to say hello to anyone new joining if you can. I’m sure new ladies would appreciate it while I take my break. Hope you’re continuing to do well yourself.

    Sarah xx


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  • Oh Sarah that's great. I really hope you have a fantastic holiday! Madge from Benidorm ha ha. We have a guy who lives nearby with such a cool mobility scooter - it looks like a motorcycle trike! Have a wonderful wonderful ten days and enjoy every minute. You have such a lot to celebrate!
    Love xxx

  • Sorry Sarah,

    Just seeing your post now as I've also been on a break from the forum. There's nothing on your post that could be interpreted as offensive. You're a star to have come so far and been through so much but you still  find the empathy to help others who find themselves here. Hope you're feeling better as I for one will miss your positivity Blush Please come back soon.

    Angela xx

  • Hi Sarah I'm new to the group and just wanted to say you have been through such a tough time and I'm sure have had many mountains to climb but you are an inspiration.

    I've been on my own "journey" but reading your profile helps me be positive and have hope for the future.

    Hope you have a lovely holiday. 

  • Hi and welcome to the group.

    Thank you for your kind words, and also thank you for completing your profile details which is so helpful to see where people are in the process. Goodness me, you have been dealing with a lot in addition to your cancer diagnosis, which must be very difficult.

    I’m very glad to see you had a complete response to your treatment, and hope you can continue to do well with your other issues-it must seem never ending for you, but I hope everything is being well managed for you and your issues can be brought under control. Hopefully you’ll keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing, and I’m sure you’ll be able to help support other newly diagnosed ladies with your positive results.

    Sarah xx


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