Today is my three year cancerversary. On this day three years ago my life and body were forever changed. I became a survivor and a warrior. I had started the battle to rid the cancer from my body. On this day I underwent the first surgery of my life and the first of many throughout this journey. I said goodbye to my left breast and nervously awaited the outcome of the lymph node biopsies. I remember being unable to open my eyes but hearing my husband and mother telling me that the nodes were clean and the cancer hadn't spread. I can recall being in pain and being doped up, but being happy the nodes were clean and the lump on the right breast was also benign. I remember thinking this is just the beginning of a long journey that will impact the rest of my life and the lives of those around me.
Three years later I am thrilled to say that I am still cancer free. But I am not the same person I was before November 1, 2006. I am mentally, emotionally and physically stronger than I have ever been. This journey was certainly not done alone. I am continually thankful for my wonderful family and friends who continue to be there for me in any way that I need. Bring on another 3+ years!!!!