January 20th- it never comes without all of the emotions.
4 years ago today was my initial diagnosis.
1 more year until the big #5- when recurrence risk is low enough that I can use the word “cure”.
The details of that day have not faded; and the impact is a mess of thoughts and feelings.
It seems like a lifetime ago and just yesterday at the same time.
I’ve hated my body and been amazed by it.
I’ve felt closer to God and then not sure He’s even there.
I’ve mentally planned my funeral, and never been more alive.
I have been held up by others, and held others with even heavier burdens.
I have joked about cancer, and have been paralyzed by the seriousness of it.
I have embraced my scars, and hid behind clothes and in the dark.
I have felt thankful for being physically cured, and guilty because mom wasn’t.
Weak and strong.
Alien and human.
Depressed and joy-filled.
Frustrated and grateful.
Broken and healed.
Weary and hopeful.
The only constants: “change and time” … and HOPE.
Artist credit: Katie Belden