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Celebrate the good times

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As soon as they learned I was “cancer free,” my son, Steve, and daughter-in-law, Megan, decided this “fantastic,” if not miraculous, news warranted a celebration. Diagnosed with stage IV cancer last October, my prognosis appeared bleak, even with extensive surgery and aggressive chemo. The cancer, however, was no match for my young, skilled, determined surgeon who bought us a reprieve of unknown duration.

Steve and Megan began planning a homemade brunch to recognize “our hero, our mom, and a small group of her closest supporters.” Cooking almost everything from scratch, they set a beautiful buffet table with vegetable frittatas, sweet potato hash browns, and many other treats made with ingredients that promote a healthy lifestyle. While admiring their unbridled enthusiasm, I wasn’t quite ready to declare victory over cancer on the big stage. My neurologist and good friend, Cindy, knew exactly where I was coming from. “You’re thinking,’Why celebrate this when I may have something worse five years from now?’” she asked. “Am I right?” Even I laughed at the ridiculousness of this thought process.

The bottom line is that living with a chronic illness teaches us valuable life lessons. Life is short. We need to celebrate the good times early, often, and for as long as possible. “Every day is a gift, called the present.” Let’s live life to the fullest, one day at a time.

4 comments on “Celebrate the good times

  1. Ron Jedlinski
    July 7, 2016

    We believe in your philosophy and live it every day. Let’s party!

  2. Claudia Revilla
    July 7, 2016

    Very true. Let’s enjoy today, tomorrow is not here yet, and since we don’t know if it will be, today happens to be the best present ever!!

  3. Laura DeLuca
    July 7, 2016

    You are so right. Enjoy each day and don.t forget to give thanks and do a kind deed for someone today.

  4. Larry Williams
    July 8, 2016

    Such a happy post to share with your followers….it was just so very special that they did this in honor of you and to celebrate in such a loving, thoughtful way….tem

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