In 2011, after 20+ years of marriage, I finally had the courage to leave a man I no longer recognized. I won’t get into the issues – suffice to say, you can NOT control anyone but yourself and all the prayers in the world sometimes aren’t answered in the way you’d hope for. When I finally started being happy again and comfortable in my skin; it during my first routine colonoscopy that a tumor was found.
I could not believe it when they told me it was cancer. No one in my large family has had anything like this. Ultimately, I had surgery and they found it had spread to lymph nodes. I followed up with chemo for six months.
A year later, I was offered my dream job with a significant raise in the perfect location. I was ONE DAY away from my last day at my current job and my doctor called and told me I now had a tumor on my liver. Needless to say, I couldn’t bring this issue to a new job, and I couldn’t move 1000 miles from my family and friends, my blessed support system.
Thankfully, my boss let me stay in my position. I had surgery to remove part of my liver. Nine months later, I met a man that a woman could only dream of. My body is like a road map of scars and my life prospects aren’t optimal, but he fell in love with me. Six months after we started dating, the cancer returned – now in my lungs ,back and liver. But, amazingly (now a year later) I feel really good. And my man stays by my side and loves me.
I’ve never felt like “why me?” I always feel like every day is just a wonderful gift that is meant to be enjoyed. And I do. My gratitude is endless. Thanks for letting me share my story!!
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.