I am grateful for my hair. A year ago, I had stubble, about ⅛ inch long. I was happy for that. I finished chemotherapy in July 2014 and I had no hair at all! I began noticing that something was amiss around Thanksgiving 2013. I barely ate anything at that Thanksgiving.
I wound up in the emergency room right after Christmas where the ER doctor told me I had cancer. Not exactly the way I planned to spend my holidays.
Good News and Bad News
I was in for a big learning spurt over the next year.
- I was diagnosed with cancer
- I found out I have the BRCA-2 genetic mutation
- I lost my hair, eyelashes and eyebrows
- I have some residual chemo-induced neuropathy in my hands and feet
- I had a treatable form of cancer
- I belong to a genetic group that responds well to treatment
- I was otherwise very healthy
- I didn’t have many side effects during treatment
- I had great resources to help me heal
- I am a survivor
- I pay attention to my health
- I am more forgiving of myself and others
- I don’t waste time with negative people
- My hair is back
- My energy is up
- My neuropathy is reversing
- I am feeling good
- I have solid friendships
- I feel confident about making my dreams come true
- I am starting a daily practice of recognizing what I am grateful for
I wish you a wonderful day of thanks and gratitude.