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Cancerversary 5/1/2020 - 8 Years!

Hi!  I can harly believe it...8 years ago this was celebrated as my Cancer free day?!  It feels like it was yesterday sometimes and other times it feels like it was 25+ years ago...as many I do have some of the scars from the treatment we endure to get better.  There are a few things I do not get to enjoy any more, but I'm alive! I've endured a few surgeries for other things since cancer treatment, heck I even quit smoking shortly after treatment...picked a good date 9/11.  I do apologize for not being on here more often escpically for the newbies.  I can tell you what helped me the most were people on here, Helen and smurf.  My treatment would have been 10x worse if it wasn't for the people on here sharing what helped them and what didn't!  If you are currently slaying the dragon, keep fighting it to the best of your ability.  Love all of you and wish you the very best!

jeanne 

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Congratulations, Jeanne! Woo-hoo!
I am right behind you having celebrated my 9th anniversary yesterday.
Yes, cheers to Helen and Smurf!!
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I think I'm the one right behind you, bringing up the rear?!
Mari, big congratulations to you too! That is SO awesome and I am so very happy for you! Thank you for the cheers, but I say cheers to all here. We are all for one and one for all! Keep celebrating those anniversaries and stay safe and well! Hugs!
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Wonderful!! It's so wonderful to see your still with us. It's always good for all of us to see the long time survivors.
And I would vote Helen, Smurfy, Tydall and Daisy as such wonderful advisers and never leave out Jill for having the most wonderful blog!! Jill will never know how much we get out of this.
The reassurance of others telling their stories, and difficulties, in particular.
So good to hear from you Jeanne!!
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Thank you for reminding us all of the HUGE contribution in time and energy and money that Jill has made with this blog!!!
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Easterly, thank you! I think support is more of a group effort here, but I sincerely appreciate your comment! Hugs!
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I'm so grateful for our friendship. You, my friend, are cancer's silver lining.

Congratulations on eight years!! I'd take you out to celebrate, but... soon!
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You know I'm now trying to figure out how to set up a zoom meeting and invite all our buddies on here...I think we can pull that off?!?!
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Music to my ears....what a great post to read today! Congrats ❤️
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Here Here!!! I second your encouragement for the newbies to learn from the experience of our members. It helped me enormously to have advice from the wonderful posters here! Congrats on your 8-year mark Jeanne!!!
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WOW!!! Better just an ordinary ole birthday!! And thank you for the kind words...and for your help for Texas Jeff, still miss him...
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Congratulations on 8 years, Jeanne! We are all true warriors. I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary on my birthday, 4/28. Here's to many more anniversaries for all of us!
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Cherie, big congratulations to you as well! I am so, so happy for you! We should be throwing a big virtual party for all of these anniversaries! I hope you are doing well, staying safe, and celebrating your special milestone! Hugs!
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We totally should! I hit 10 years cancer-free October 5th. There are so many of us who are many years out. I think a virtual party would be tremendously encouraging to those in the midst of their fight or not long out. How could we do this?
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Thank you, Martha! I probably should've done an update, but I never know what to say, lol. Cant wait for covid 19 to be over!
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That is SO awesome, Danean! 10 years is HUGE! I am so happy for you, my dear friend! Whatever you're doing to stay healthy, just keep doing it! Stay safe during these strange times and keep celebrating those anniversaries! Hugs!
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Hi Jeanne! Big, big congratulations on reaching this huge milestone! I am so very happy for you, my friend. That was very sweet of you to mention me, but there were many others here who were supporting you too, giving you suggestions on how to get through treatment, and virtually holding your hand. I'm so glad all of that worked and that you hung in there! I hope you will find a special way to celebrate amid these strange times with the pandemic. May you stay safe and be well so you can celebrate many more anniversaries. Hugs!
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CONGRATS! I'm just a little over 1 year post treatment and surviving well.
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Wow, I can't believe it has been that long. Congrats. Such great news. love you sweetie.
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Well done Jeanne! Very happy news amidst all this chaos right now. Thank u for taking time to post. It means so much for us "newbies" and keeps us inspired to stay the course
When u have time, can u tell us a little more about the long term after effects that u have been suffering from.
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Congratulations! Also congrats on quitting smoking! So thankful for everyone on here.
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Yes, this...
Me: Okay, God, here's the thing. I'm scared. I'm trying not to be, but I am.
God: I know. Want to talk about it?
Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.
God: Let's talk about it anyway... We've done this before.
Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger or something by now.
God: *waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.
Me: Okay. So, I'm afraid I'll do everything I can to protect my family and it won't be enough. I'm afraid of someone I love dying. I'm afraid the world won't go back to what it was before. I'm afraid my life is always going to feel a little bit unsettled.
God: Anything else?
Me: EVERYTHING ELSE.
God: Remember how your daughter woke up the other night and came running down the hall to your bedroom?
Me: Yes.
God: You were still awake, so when you heard her running, you started calling out to her before she even got to you... remember? Do you remember what you called out to her?
Me: I said, "You're okay! You're okay! You're okay! I'm here."
God: Why did you call to her? Why didn't you just wait for her to get to your room?
Me: Because I wanted her to know that I was awake, and I heard her, and she didn't have to be afraid until she reached the end of the dark hallway.
God: Exactly. I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There's another side to all of this. I'm there already. I've seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here as you walk through it all, you're okay. I haven't gone to sleep, and I won't.
Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?
God: There's nothing I'd love more.
Amen...
(Copied and comforted)❤❤❤❤❤❤

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I love this, Jeanne. Thanks for posting. I hope to chat with you in the next day or two. Love you, my friend.
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I'm here, working from home...
Thank you for that. Both my inner child and my adult thoughts can run quite wildly scared these days. It is difficult to take the discomfort, the uncertainty, and the living just day to day without knowing. Any comfort is helpful. Stay safe and well
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Very, very, ...well done! ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏👍💪
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Hi Jeanne! 😘.
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Hi Marcia!
So what if I'm sorta pissed off at god? These things rub me the wrong way but I'm happy that you find solace.
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Thom, sorry you are pissed off at god right now, I've been pissed off at him a few times, but he has been there for me whenever I'm ready to not be pissed
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It’s alright to be pissed off at God. You are still acknowledging Him. That’s what He wants!! My God is the only thing keeping me going. The world sure doesn’t do it. He had taken care of me for a long time and will not ever quit taking care of me. Much love and peace!
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Love this so much!
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This reminds me of a book I read called "He and I" by Gabrielle Bossis where she wrote of her conversations with Christ. Someone sent me the book when I got diagnosed and reading a few pages every day during treatment gave me such solace.
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I just read this Jeanne, and I've needed to read something like this for the past 40 days. How is it that some of us can survive the scourge of cancer, but this damn pandemic scares us more than cancer treatment? Maybe it's because the rest of the world went on as normal when we had our chemo, etc...but this time, the whole world has gone totally crazy in less than two months, and we don't seem to see a bright light at the end of the tunnel. The news is nothing but a constant barrage of how horrible everything is, never, ever a positive like there is a potential cure, or immunization, or vaccine, or immunity, or a way to make it less contagious, or a better chance of survival if contracted? Shortages of masks & cleaners, and excessive worry and depression is rampant. I so pray for some good news, and I need to read your post again, especially as my Mom in the nursing home tested positive for Covid19.
MGBY,
John
John, prayers and thoughts with you and Mom
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Vital Info

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April 14, 2012

San Juan Capistrano, California 92675

November 11, 1958

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

January 25, 2012

Stage 3

Grade 1

Yes

Xeloda

Reassuring friends/family I will be ok

I have unbelievable family/friends

Prayers & Positive thoughts/energy

It's all good if it works

left groin node suspicious

Prayers & Positive thoughts/energy

lots of rest & aloe

sharing with friends and letting them help

April 30, 2012

Thought it was hemroids...tried RX cream/suppositories, even something called rectal rocket

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