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What a difference a year makes . . .

I logged on to my Facebook yesterday and realized that it was one year ago that I had my “Say goodbye to my Tata” party - the night before I had my mastectomy on June 1st.

I was determined to begin my journey with the healing energy and love from my family and friends.  Not a pity party but a party celebrating life – because I knew that even though I was losing my breast I was also being given a chance at a long life.  How great was that?!?

It's June 1st, today is my one year anniversary of my mastectomy.  Believe it or not, I actually forgot.  I didn’t realize it was the anniversary until I looked at my Facebook memories yesterday and up popped pictures from my “Say Goodbye to my Tata” party.  A year, a whole year has passed.  So many memories in that year.  I look at myself at my party and see a woman who wanted to go into this journey on her own terms.  I was determined to remain positive and really embrace all the journey would give me.  I really had no idea what was in store for me, I just knew that it would challenge me like nothing had before.  And challenge me it did!  Physically and mentally it was by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced.  I went through the storm and came out on the other side a changed person.  I look at life differently now.  I embrace the little things.  I don’t sweat the small stuff.  I relish my relationships with my family and friends.  I know that even in the darkest times, you can always find something to be grateful for.  I have no time for negativity or toxic.  I was given a gift last June 1st, the gift of a longer life.  How can I not have gratitude?

I survived the treatment, even thrived through it.  I realized that attitude is everything.  I even had fun while doing it.  I enjoyed meeting and getting to know all the caregivers.  I loved the kinship from fellow members of the Big “C” club.  I had incredible support from family and friends.  I feel so lucky!

So today when I look at my picture of me heading into surgery, I am in gratitude for my journey.  It has given me so many gifts: a lifetime of learning, a lifetime of love.

Bags are packed, house sitter all set (Thank you Cally!) -  We are leaving for Ireland this afternoon. When I booked the trip I had no idea we would be leaving on my one year anniversary but I can’t think of a better date to begin the next chapter for our family.  We are taking this trip to celebrate life and to give thanks for the incredible journey we all just experienced together.  I am in gratitude for my family.  I am in gratitude for my treatment this past year. I am in gratitude for my life!  I am beyond blessed.  Let the fun begin!  Erin Go Bragh!

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