“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.”

December 7, 1941 was a historic day for the United States.  Pearl Harbor was attacked and FDR asked Congress to declare war. December 7, 2012 was a historic day for me.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer and hard to start my own war, against my own body.  I will never forget my diagnosis date; it was so life changing.  5 years ago today, I heard the words that changed me as a person: “You have cancer.”  I should be celebrating 5 years and cancer free, but that was not in the cards for me.  January 13, 2017 I heard those words again.  Seriously?  This had to be a joke, right?  But no such luck. I had a new primary occurrence in my other breast.  Damn it.  That led to the hardest year in my life. 2017 has truly been awful.  But then, when I sit back and look at my life and really think about it, I am so blessed.  I have my family and friends who would do anything for me and who have gone above and beyond this year.  We have a home, jobs, food and presents under the tree (or sitting in a huge pile of Amazon boxes waiting to be wrapped) and truly are fortunate.  While, it hard been hard, it could always be worse.  I am stronger than this.  I am thankful for every day that I have with those that I love.  Today, I got to do art with my son in his 1st grade class.  It does not get much better than this.

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