Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

This is what the modern-day, 43 year old, double mastected, two and one half year cancer thriver looks like!

I passed all my tests with flying colors. My bones scans were very bony. My CT was quite unremarkable. And my wonderful oncologist said I am just going to live forever. Forever. It has a nice ring to it. Well, perhaps not forever. I wouldn't want to outlive my bladder control, after all...

Some of my friends tip-toe around my age or suggest that I might be 39 this year with a conspiratorial wink. "Oh, no you don't!", I think to myself, "I earned this age! There was a time not long ago I didn't think I'd live to see it!" Besides, 39 was when I was diagnosed.

You can keep 39!!!!!

I'll take 43, and 44, and 50, and 60... any day!!!!!

Cross posted to Mothers With Cancer


Jenny said...

happy birthday!!!!

whymommy said...

You look GREAT! Whoo-hoo!

sarah said...

Congratulations on a well-earned birthday, Stella! I feel exactly the same way about birthdays. When my family and friends groan about them, I sincerely mean it when I say that each and every birthday is an achievement to be proud of - for everyone. I plan to collect as many as I can and show them off like diamonds! Here's to yours :-)

Kathy U said...

Happy Birthday Stella!

Only one question, 43, two kids and you still have bladder control?

You look great and I wish you many many more birthdays.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday and you have so much to celebrate! You look beautiful!!!

Karen said...

Fab picture - love the smile. Happy belated birthday - and wishing you many more of them.

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Take care, Dennis

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