1.02.2008

Dx Day #2 Anniversary


So, I missed posting it but New Year's Day was Post 100! Yay :)...now, onto more important stuff like today's post...


Aerodynamically, the bumblebee should not be able to fly,

but the bumblebee does not know that so it goes on flying anyway.
—Mary Kay Ash

January 2nd, 2001...We had nervously celebrated Christmas and New Year's and everything in between. I knew something was up but not what specifically. The months before had brought much leg and hip pain and lots of trials and errors with pain meds. It had also scared my doctors enough to take stem cells to store in case I'd ever need a bone marrow transplant...I think my doctors probably knew the unfortunate news over the holidays but decided to tell us afterwards. I am happy that they let us have a few more days of 'innocence' over the holidays.

So on this day, 2001, I think it was probably my mom that answered the phone. I was 17 at this point and it had been almost exactly 1 year since I had ended a full year of chemotherapy with some radiation after that emergency surgery. We got the news that within the stem cells taken as a precaution, cancer had roared its awful head. The plan was: Chemotherapy beginning on January 15th (my mother's birthday) for a few months and put me into remission, then take more healthy stem cells from me and go through an intense stem cell transplant (like a bone marrow transplant). We didn't realize then until years later that my chance for survival was about 10%. This was just the beginning of probably the worst year of my life, as far as how I felt health wise and what I had to go through.

Cheers to making it through that year and the ones following!

Today, I am grateful for: life, optimism, hope, love, friends, family, God and everything good (and what one learns from the not so good).

Love,
Rachel

8 comments:

Mary said...

*hug*

Brandy said...

I'm grateful that you are my friend! :-)

Sherry said...

100 posts is a milestone Rach!!
And where you are today from this time in 2001 is an even bigger milestone. Did you think back then that you'd be posting about this now? Never in a million years I'll bet. It's a wonderful feeling to look back and say "I'm still here world" and though we never forget "those" phone calls or those conversations or those treatments...we also have so much to be grateful for...which we would have taken for granted had we not had the more negative, life altering experiences.

You are a rock girl..you really are!!

Kel said...

Hi, Rachel--you are a miracle! Thanks for giving me so much hope through our journey.
Love
Kelly McCord

Gabe said...

A great quote that reminds me of you:

"The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller

Love you.

Obsessedwithlife said...

I am so grateful for all of you!

Hugs for all!

Jaki said...

Happy New Year, Rachel!! May 2008 be especially great for you in every way!

Obsessedwithlife said...

Jaki-
Thanks, you too! What's your story? I'd love to hear more about you!

rach