It’s been a huge week for me – Thursday marked the 1st anniversary of my surgery, I had my one year check up with my oncologist the same day and then it was my birthday on Friday. Last year I was titless and off my face on painkillers for my birthday – this year I was just titless (well maybe just a little off my face). My family all flew in to join in the celebration with my friends. My gorgeous daughter organised an amazing party for me. I even managed to give up control and allowed her to organise the whole thing – I simply turned up. But I didn’t want it to be just about my cancer experience as I said in my speech – it is just one of the many experiences that have contributed to who I am (some would say crazy and just a little neurotic). This birthday did have an added dimension that previous ones haven’t – think it is harder for my family and friends to separate that then it is for me. Got me thinking that each birthday will now be a celebration of a year well lived (but not an “amazing I climbed Everest cos I survived cancer” well lived kind of year) as well as a recognition that not only have I just ticked off one more year of my allotted time but that I have also made it through another year that takes me one step further away from that which could have shortened my allotted time. No idea if that makes any sense? Guess the only thing that I can be certain of is that at every birthday from now on I will still be titless. Anybody else view their birthdays differently post cancer? Pauline
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Happy birthday Pauline! Gee you have a way with words :). Congrats on the 1 year milestone. For me, this time a year ago I was getting ready for the start of my chemo. Time flies when you're having fun! I still haven't made it to a post cancer birthday. I was never really one for a big birthday celebration, this year might be different. I always think of people that pass in their 50's an 60's from I'll health or accident, and think how young they seem, then say to myself 'hang on a sec, I'm near enough to half their age and I nearly kicked it!' Shannon.
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Hi yes you do have a way with words and a sense of humour that's good keep it because we all need to have one with the bl--dy big C on the 25 of Aug. my Brian will celebrate 5yrs since it all started. They haven't been easy years but he will be 77 the rad took its toll but at least I still have him so it will be a Happy Birthday Keep your sense of humour marshie
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