When I was first diagnosed I went through all the stuff you hear about cancer patients going through - I contemplated my mortality, I cried, I fought and so on. And I was lucky, I survived with remarkably few aftereffects. But I didn't think of myself as a survivor for a long time. I remember, about a year after it was all over, talking about it with a friend and she said, "You will always be someone who had cancer." Almost 20 years later I am still understanding what that means.
So when I saw the xkcd strip below, I surprised myself by bursting into tears.
I am reminded that we are always survivors. I will always be a cancer survivor. You will always be a survivor of whatever it is that has honed and shaped you. And that survival is worth celebrating.
My biopsy-versary is April 19th. I mark it every year, my reminder that I am still here.
Find your survivor-versary and mark it. You are worth celebrating.
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(c)2012 Laura S. Packer