Friday, December 4, 2009

Six Months Later

This week was my six month follow up mammogram and with the help of a Vicadin, it went just fine. The Dr's reviewed the images and everything looked good! Today was my annual with my GP and she recommended I get the H1N1 flu shot, so that was my big adventure today.

On a side note. Thanksgiving was a weekend of travel and visiting. I went to Grass Valley OR where I used to live, Pop 160. Lunch consisted of a group of 5 women and one more came in and joined us. I was the youngest, 47, sitting around the table. Then we ranged in the 50's, 60's and 70+. A total of six women sitting having lunch in a town of 160 people. This is where I met these ladies, where they grew up and raised their families. Some were from the town north of here, but all from the same county. We had a lovely lunch, and on the drive home to my friends she casually said, "That was interesting" and I replied "What, that 4 out of 6 of us had breast cancer?" "Yes", she replied.
And that was the end of that conversation.

Today after getting the flu shot they asked me to sit in the waiting room for 10 minutes and during that time my phone rang. My g.f. had just has the same shot yesterday so we chatted abit about how my arm may be sore. After hanging up the phone, the lady sitting next to me asked about the flu shot. I told her I didn't plan on getting it, but since I'd dealt with breast cancer this year, it was recommended for me. She asked how I was doing, I told her, "great, just on the one pill a day" She replied "I tried that, but the side effects were terrible I quit after one year. But I'm a survivor too" She said this as she started to walk away. I told her I'm not a survivor, I'm LIVING. She replied "Thriving, that's a better word"
Yes, Thriving is so much better, because that is what it is all about. Surviving sounds like you're dragging your butt across the floor and are just making it through the day. That's how I felt some days during treatment, but not anymore. THRIVING, That's my new answer on "how ya doing?"
Enjoy the weekend, deck your tree, hang your holiday memories and enjoy your friends and family!