Brenden’s Story

Site created on February 1, 2019

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Journal entry by Brenden Butler

Well folks, that’s all she wrote for this chapter of my life. Today I had post treatment scans that the doctors informed me were clear. That means I am officially NED (no evidence of disease)!  This is great news in itself, signifying the end of treatment and more importantly the start of a new normal. Adjusting and accepting what the rest of my life will be is definitely a difficult thing day to day. However the door of opportunity seems to be gaping open screaming with limitless possibilities for me to pursue. Everyday is a learning experience with achievements and failures. I learn from the failures and celebrate the achievements. Today is being told I’m cancer free. The strange thing is I don’t feel much happier than I already am because what this experience taught me more than anything is that life truly is the greatest gift of all. What you choose to do with it is solely up to you. I choose to be happy. How could I not be?  So for those struggling, take a moment to realize how important you and your life really are. It’s not easy to push through the bad but you’re better for it. 
Lastly the not so happy but important note:
Just because I’m NED does not I am cured. Your continued prayers and support are still needed and appreciated. Part of beating this disease is your body’s resilience post treatment. So please do not forget, keep wearing your wristbands or #bbfight swag. In the meantime, we will celebrate. All of us. Because (and excuse my language) that shit was hard. And now I’m done. So party on people cause that’s what I’ll be doing. 
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