"Years ago (yesterday) everything changed.
"Life is good, really good. I work at it - I appreciate it - I live it.
"I can't lie and say I don't think about cancer, I do - but it lives in a corner of my mind like an ugly chair that I have designed the rest of the room around so it blends in.
"I was 39 when I was diagnosed with a 13- and 16-year-old. I now have a 24- and 21-year-old and a grandson! I have seen my kids through some rough years - teen years, college, sorority hazing, suicide attempts and depression. I am grateful to have been here for it all. I have seen my kids through some great years - wedding, college graduations, new apartment, new home, birth of a grandchild. I am grateful to have been here for it all. I made it to the point in raising daughters where they are my very best friends and I am theirs. My husband and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, bought an RV and kayaks and are empty-nesters. We work hard, we play hard, we travel, we chill.
"My oncologist moved on and I have a new one who promises to never take me off Arimidex - I am trying to hold up my end of the deal by not drinking too much (he says 4 drinks a week, I say 6-7) and adding heavier weight strength training to my running to help keep my bones strong.
"The friends I lost, especially this year, stings. My smile sometimes takes a little longer to get to my eyes - but I think of what they should have had and I smile brighter. No wasted time here."
"It's a good life, a really good life."
-- everyminute, diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2008>
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