I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five years ago (wow!). Since the initial surgery on 11/1/2011, the past half decade has been a journey of treatment, care for myself, and admiration for the human body.
Despite the nearly continuous chemotherapy and three surgeries, I've spent my time doing things I love like gardening, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and a whole lot more. Tom and I even got a puppy this year!
There are up's and down's, good days and bad.
A few weeks ago, I stopped all treatment. The chemo's effectiveness no longer outweighed the negative side affects I was experiencing. Instead of being weighed down by the adverse reactions, I can now put all my energy towards self-care, and appreciating the beauty in this world. I have a wonderful network of caring, loving, fabulous friends working with Hospice and family (my own personal butlers) to take the best care of me.
This experience has opened my eyes to the connection of all life's potential and my part in it. So much love and support has been pouring in from all sides, and I feel so fortunate to have each and every one of you in my life.