It was one year ago today that I had margin and node surgery. That day did not turn out as expected. But it is the day that I consider my “cancer free” anniversary day. So, happy anniversary to me. (I wonder if there is a Hallmark card for this occasion?) I decided to go back and reread the posts from that day. Reading those posts reminded me of something I did every time we moved since being married. The last time I would be in our home, I would go from room to room. In each room I would bring a memory to mind of events that happened in that room. I would then say good bye and move on. It was a way to bring closure to that part of my life, in that particular place and time. It helped me make the transition to the next phase of my life. Rereading the posts that Scott wrote one year ago feels a bit like the same thing. As I read the posts, I remembered what I could (being under anesthesia that day made some of it a bit spotty) and processed what happened that day. It is helping me make the transition to the next phase of my life.
Speaking of the next phase, I would not be where I am today without an outstanding group of physicians who have cared for me over the last year. I have written posts about my nurses and radiation techs but not one about the doctors. So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the following doctors who give so much of themselves to so many people.
V. K. Gadi, Sara Javid and Chrsitine Fang – my team at SCCA
Dan Downey – Downey Plastic Surgery
Jillian Worth and Sundance Rogers – Virginia Mason Clinic Bainbridge Island
Bill Harris – UW Hospital Attending Oncologist
And to Sarah Rice and Robin Houck, for your time and advice during those first scary weeks, for listening to my craziness and calming my frayed nerves and for making that call to V.K. Thank you, thank you , thank you.