Life’s journey is a winding road, full of unexpected twists and turns that test our strength and resilience. For the past year and a half, I’ve been on a rollercoaster ride through hospitals, treatments, and moments of uncertainty. Today, as I ring the bell to mark the end of my last treatment, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible journey that has brought me to this point.
🎗 A Battle Fought: Over the course of the last 18 months, I’ve faced challenges that I could have never imagined. Six grueling rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries that pushed the boundaries of my endurance, 28 rounds of radiation that required unwavering determination, and 14 rounds of maintenance treatments that tested my patience. Each step was a battle, and yet, here I stand, victorious.
🙏 A Support System Beyond Measure: In the darkest moments, a guiding light emerged in the form of the incredible people who surrounded me. To my unwavering family, my steadfast old friends, the newfound companions who walked into my life, my beloved theater family, my supportive work colleagues, and the moms in my neighborhood who lent a helping hand – your presence was my refuge. Your unwavering support, kind words, and gestures of love carried me through the toughest days. This victory isn’t mine alone; it belongs to all of you who stood by me.
🌼 Gratitude for Every Step: Looking back on this arduous journey, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Every step I took, no matter how difficult, brought me closer to healing. To those who cheered me on from the sidelines, who held my hand through the tears, and who celebrated every small victory, thank you. Your belief in me bolstered my spirit and gave me the strength to fight on.
📢 A Vital Message: Amidst the celebrations, I want to emphasize a crucial message – the importance of regular check-ups and early detection. My journey began with a relatively early diagnosis, and yet, the path was arduous. Regular mammograms are a powerful tool in catching issues before they become insurmountable. Ignorance might seem blissful, but in the face of health, knowledge is true empowerment.
🎉 Looking Forward: As the final chapter of this challenging journey comes to a close, I can’t help but embrace the possibilities that lie ahead. The challenges of 2020 are now in my rearview mirror, and I’m ready to move forward with renewed purpose and a profound appreciation for the gift of life. The resilience I’ve discovered within myself will serve as a reminder that no challenge is too great.
In conclusion, today marks not just the end of a treatment but the beginning of a new chapter filled with hope, strength, and endless possibilities. My heart brims with gratitude for the countless souls who supported me and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. As I turn the page, I encourage everyone reading this to take charge of their health, embrace the support around them, and face life’s challenges head-on. After all, the victory is sweeter when it’s a triumph over adversity. 🙌🏼
Peace, Love & Kicking Ass… 💗