I spent the entire day today serving as an election judge at the local library. Turnout in the precinct I was working was very high. The highest I have seen.
Even though I was determined to use this blog as a means of increasing the awareness of Ovarian Cancer symptoms and providing support for other cancer survivors who were returning to running after completing their treatment, I haven't been that consistent about blogging since I completed my own treatment.
The prompt for today was "When was the last time you did something brave? What happened?" My plan was not to use the daily prompts when I decided to sign up for the challenge, but this prompt was too good to let pass by!
My entire cancer journey has been a test of my bravery. My diagnosis in December 2015, my 6 cycles of chemotherapy, the run up to each 3 month checkup. My next 3 month checkup is November 14th, 10 days before Thanksgiving.
I had dinner with my "cancer mentor" tonight. We were matched up by an organization called Imerman Angels. Their mission is that no one face cancer alone. They match cancer patients with someone who has had a similar diagnosis but is further along in treatment or remission. We talked about the "drumbeat" of impending checkups. How it increases the closer the checkup date gets, and how it slowly dissipates after a clear checkup, until the next one.
After my diagnosis, I tried to face my impending treatment with bravery. Mostly because I wanted to make sure my kids (aged 17 and 22) weren't too worried about what was going to happen. I knew chemotherapy was going to be tough, and that each cycle was going to be worse than the previous ones.
I like to think that the inner strength I found during treatment serves as an example for others. My kids, my friends, other cancer patients.
I was driving home from work today with the music in my IPhone on shuffle. I do that from time to time because I always love the variety of music I have in my library. Bee Gees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Neil Diamond, Depeche Mode, John Cougar Mellencamp.
I haven't heard some of the songs that came on in quite a while. One song that really reasonated with me today is "Your Life is Now" by John Cougar Mellencamp.
"See the moon roll across the stars; See the seasons turn like a heart; Your father's days are lost to you; This is your time here to do what you will do. Your life is now, your life is now"
Short blog post, I know. I want to blog more often, so I signed up for NaBloPoMo which is National Blog Posting Month. I'm committed to writing one blog post each day, weekends and Thanksgiving included, for the month of November. I am hoping to use my commitment to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms and research.