An Early Christmas Gift

December 4, 2019 – My sister-in-law said it best (via text): Woohoo! Early Christmas Present.

She was exactly right. My six-month oncology appointment at the West Cancer Center ended not with a bang but not with a whimper, either. That’s just how I like it. I initially wanted to title this post – Another Day, Another Scan. But I liked my sister-in-law’s text message better.

My cancer (metastatic melanoma) stays unchanged. The few remaining tumors have not grown – or shrunk – in size for nearly three years. That IS good news and something to celebrate. Hence the picture of Jack and Coke that accompanies this post.

‘Tis the season

Like any other child on Christmas morning, I still get excited opening a present – even if I’m pretty sure I know what’s inside. My family doesn’t know this – until they read this post – but I love to come downstairs early on Christmas morning, with the sun peeking through the living room blinds, and stare at the Christmas tree, now surrounded by gifts. For me, that moment is a perfect gift. One that I hope to continue to receive.

I still have cancer. That’s obviously a bummer, but as I’ve said many times before, I live my life and enjoy what’s here to greet me every day. Not everyone with cancer can do that. So, I’m thankful and fortunate. For me, that is also a definite gift…and one that I will never take for granted.

As always, thanks for listening. Happy Holidays!

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