Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my first anniversary! No cake, no special dinner, no going out. One year ago, I was told I had Leukemia. All in all, I am doing VERY well. When I was first diagnosed, I was a mess inside. I read all this stuff on the Internet about "5 year survival varies, but is around 35-50%" I read horror stories of people on this medicine having headaches for days, severe fluid retention, platelets dropping or rising, muscle cramps that would keep people in bed, etc...



I have had some mild to moderate side effects, but nothing debilitating. I have put on weight, but have recently started to exercise to try to fight it. It is still hard for me to look 3-4 years down the road. I just take things day by day now. I have changed some personality wise, for better or worse. I have become much more accepting of people and especially students. I don't fret about little things like my flutes not being able to play a passage as well as I would like, or the fact that sometimes my friends are going to make poor decisions. I enjoy kids idiosyncrasies now and find it interesting to see how they interact with each other. I don't fret about money as much. I enjoy little things like snuggle time with honeybear, or having a Guinness (which I found out and confirmed is considered a lite-beer).

When I first started, I really looked forward to writing on this blog to give you all good news. Now, I just hope I can continue posting every 2-3 months with "nothing is new." I appreciate all the comments from friends and people who have found this blog through other avenues. Alright, now that all the sappy-happy crap is out of the way, time for what you all came here for (no, not hardcore pornography)...cool youtube clips! Enjoy...

Bobsled Top 10

Mr. Rogers Censored

Evan Lysacek Top 10

3 comments:

  1. It seems like years since we've heard your diagnosis -- was it really only last year? We both look forward to fun times and lots of Guinness -- you'll never know how devastated we were when we heard about you -- how much we worried about both you and Chrissy - and what the future held. But, we knew that you both had what it takes to come through this even stronger and closer -- and how much we value each good time we have together -- simple things like wing night mean so much more now. So - enough of this, but remember that, even if we don't say it, both of us think about you two all the time and only wish for better things to come ---

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  2. This is the best........ not enough on the cml front to write about...... Absolutely wonderful news! May it keep on keeping on just like this.
    love and light
    Annie
    Steven's mom

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  3. I know this is a little delayed but congratulations on this Milestone! I can completely understand what you went through as next weekend is the first anniversary of my diagnosis. I hope all is still going well and and year 2 brings peace and happiness.
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