I referred to October 11th, 1991 as "the best day of my life, because I woke up alive and without cancer." It was a big day for me, my family and friends, because I underwent a groundbreaking 14 hour surgery to remove my tumor and amputate my leg. Dr. Neff told me he listened to classical music during the surgery, so I included that in my illustration 🎶 😷.
From the day of my diagnosis, I was focused on one thing, which was to be cancer free and get on with my life. I had months of chemotherapy prior to surgery, which helped shrink my tumor, but my cancer was still there. It wouldn't be until my leg was amputated that the cancer was officially gone and I considered myself "cancer free." Even though I had another 6 months of chemotherapy ahead of me, I felt a massive sense of relief after surgery.
Since that time I have been blessed enough to replace that "best day of my life" with celebrations such as graduations, my wedding day and the birth of my three children. I don't take for granted that not every child is lucky enough to survive and move forward with life's milestones. As a result, I live my life to honor them. I live to the best of my abilities, because growing older should never be taken for granted.
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