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On the edge of SEVENTEEN

sugarplum Member Posts: 69
edited April 26 in Stage III Breast Cancer

And this year my cancerversary actually falls on the same day of the week that it did in 2006. I remember that Friday as if it were yesterday - and yet it still feels as if it happened to a different person. This year, instead of waiting for my husband to get home from work so I could collapse into his arms with the devastating news, I will be watching him direct the Cannon Beach Chorus at their spring concert (appropriately the theme is "All About Love - From Mozart to McCartney). Seventeen years ago, this would have been impossible for me to imagine.

I continue to be grateful for spending the last 40 years with this patient, steadfast man - and for the extra time I've been gifted since 2006 (which I refer to as "gravy" years).

All my best to all of you…



  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 6,960

    Sugarplum, it's so wonderful to see you here! And that sounds like an absolutely lovely way to spend the day. 💜

  • clars
    clars Member Posts: 27

    sugarplum, congratulations! I have a small book of long term survivors, I write peoples’ names in (people on message boards, friends and family, celebrities, anyone!) and they give me hope and I wish them all the very best every night. Your name has been in my book for months.

    I hope you had a fantastic evening x

  • yippeekiyaymf
    yippeekiyaymf Member Posts: 25

    Amazing posts! Happy cancerversary to you! I am so happy for you and to hear your story—-. Thanks for sharing the hope it brings the rest of us! Maybe I will need to start making a list too like you clars! Love this post—- enjoy these amazing evenings

  • ausykaren
    ausykaren Member Posts: 58

    Congratulations Julie. Great to see you here.

  • yatcomw
    yatcomw Member Posts: 53

    Congratulations Julie……this is so great to see you continue to do well…..Enjoy the gravy years!!!!! I call it my bonus time;)))))


  • kotchaj
    kotchaj Member Posts: 185


    Congratulations and thank you for your post! I love your term gravy years. I may have to borrow that myself, if you don't mind. Enjoy every single moment! And it sounds like you do:-)

  • kaynotrealname
    kaynotrealname Member Posts: 275

    Oh it's lovely to see a grade 3 doing so well :) Thank you for posting and letting us know how you're coming along! It's a wonderful thing to read.

  • francesca30
    francesca30 Member Posts: 63

    cheers to many more "gravy years", Julie! I always go back to all your posts when I'm scared. Thanks for all the updates and for continuously giving us hope.

  • sarahmaude
    sarahmaude Member Posts: 301

    @sugarplum Congratulations on you 17 year milestone! As a survivor who is still hitting all of my one year markers H (this week is one year for my chemo treatment number 2) I love celebrating your 17 years. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🌼🌸🌺💐🌷🌹🥀🌼🌸🌺🪻🌻🥀🌹🌸🪷🌷

  • clars
    clars Member Posts: 27

    It’s been really useful to pull out the list in times of stress! It calms me down. I hope I’m on someone’s list in the future :)

    PS love your username ☺️

  • yippeekiyaymf
    yippeekiyaymf Member Posts: 25

    Ha ha—- It was my mantra during the tough parts of treatment—- ;). I will be putting you on my list soon

  • clars
    clars Member Posts: 27

    @yippeekiyaymf ditto ☺️ you’ll get pride of place on my list!