2022 has been quite a year. I underwent 12 of 16 rounds of chemo, had a baby, had a double mastectomy and 3 additional surgeries related to reconstruction complications. I lost my hair, my breasts, my job, my fitness and what I thought was good health overall.
Despite these losses I gained more strength than I ever thought I had, more support than I ever imagined from the many great people I’ve crossed paths with throughout my life, more courage than I knew was in me and a new hairstyle that continues to grow on me (literally and figuratively!)
With these gains and losses I got the best possible news when I was declared cancer free following my mastectomy. I got another beautiful baby who has brought me so much joy and happiness during the toughest times of my life this year.
I gained even more love and respect for my amazing husband who had to take on so much this past year as I battled cancer with 4 then 5 kids.
I gained a new appreciation of life and the little things. I focused more on my family than I ever have. I’ve learned to keep things in perspective and focus on the fact that I am cancer free and hope to remain that way.
This year has not been easy and I know there’s still some surgeries and a lot of monitoring ahead. But for now I am here and healthy and have so much to be thankful for.
My family is my greatest gift and I am so lucky to be able to do so much with them. I will try to continue to focus on the positive and the big picture and enjoy every moment. 2022 was quite a challenge but I made it through. Let’s hope 2023 brings health, happiness and a much easier year than 2022 was.
Happy New Year!
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