Being diagnosed with cancer is not a one time event. It changes your whole life. It challenges you to take a new journey.
Some folks have commented, "Alex, you're almost there! Your treatment is near the end."
But where is there? I know my journey will definitely have some great days.
An unknown author once wrote, "You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life."
My journey began on October 30th, 2013, when I felt the lump. Then came the following:
- Receiving the diagnosis that I have cancer
- Preparing for Treatment
- Undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and Interferon injections for nearly a year
But my journey doesn't end after the last injection. I must continue the scans, conduct checks on my left arm for any signs of lymphedema.
And when it comes to survivorship, I become an automatic member of a cadre of survivors whom must define their situation - i.e., cancer survivor, continuous remission, etc.).
Then, my journey takes me to risks and preventions. What foods to eat? What exercises can I do?
Lastly, I will always have to be mindful of metastatic and chronic cancer. In fact, I am preparing my "End-of-Life" and estate file. The last thing that I would want is for my wife to not have an organized file of our most important documents.
So, there is no clear end, but only a beginning. But I am so looking forward to the best days of life.