It is the month of October and everything is pink. This is when we are supposed to make sure everyone is aware of breast cancer or something. After my own breast cancer journey in 2015 I felt like I had closed that chapter. And now, having “graduated” after 5 years cancer free, I don’t want to walk around with pink ribbons and clever breast cancer t-shirts. That was so 5 years ago! But I do acknowledge the impact that season had on my life and the sense of responsibility I feel to make sure that we are all taking care of our health. I have learned the importance of sharing my story so I encourage you to read through the “Hogblogger Archives” to see how our family navigated that season. It was hard and often not pretty, but God is faithful and good. I am oddly thankful for that time and how it solidified my relationship with Jesus.
Today is the day I have anticipated for FIVE years. Today I finally “graduated” from cancer. Sure, it will always be part of my story… but now that I have remained cancer-free for five years, it no longer gets to be a part of my daily life and I no longer have to check in with my oncologist every August. He’s a nice man and I hope to see him around town, just not in his office with the reminder that I’m still within that window of recurrence… not that there is anything magical about five years. There is always that possibility… but we don’t dwell on that.
When I chose the word “FUN” for 2015, I knew that reality can sometimes obscure fun. I knew there would be times when fun would have to be a conscious choice. I would have to choose to look on the bright side, choose an attitude of joy, choose to create fun in difficult circumstances. Well that is exactly where I find myself today only 4 months into my year of FUN.