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Celebrating 2 yrs since surgery and staging

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norma2
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Hard to imaging that it has been two years since my surgery and staging. Stage IIIC Grade 2.(details in bio)
At the time I did not see my future as being very bright, although determined that come what may I was going to endure. Now 2 yrs later, one grandbaby, new business, numerous days of feeling wonderful, I can say that I am so very grateful. Grateful for the extrordinary medical care I was given. Blessed to live near an incredible place like MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Super support from my husband and family and the ladies here. Blessed with the healing grace of God.

Wish I could throw a party. Would invite all of you wonderful gals. Just wanted to thank you for the support and caring.

For those beginning this journey read the discussions here. It is a place of hope and loving concern.

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That is really wonderful. M.D. Anderson is the place I would go, were I to go anywhere, for the best treatment. Your prior posts have always been so upbeat and positive, that probably greatly helped in your recovery. If you decide to throw a party I would be honored to meet you.

Gives the "2" behind your name special meaning.

Your friend,

Claudia

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It'll be 3 years for me on October 10th since my surgery & staging. My cancer journey has been constant and my cancer relentless. And yet I join you in looking back at all the joys and beauty of the past 3 years, years where the 'good' ridiculously outweighed the 'bad', cancer be damned.

& it wasn't really the big trips to foreign lands that made these past years so rich. It was the countless small things, like my 9-year-old grandson climbing onto my lap in the movie theatre Friday to be comforted when the Daddy lion was killed in The Lion King. Or my 10-year-old graddaughter holding my hand while I drove her to Friendley's after school yesterday to get her some dinner and try and figure out her math homework together. The laughter, the fun, the warmth, the acts of touching kindness. I know that you feel the same, Norma. Life is so good, well worth the battle to extend it as long as we can.

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(¸.·´ CONGRATULATIONS, NORMA!

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Awesome news, Norma! Two years and going strong -- may it continue to grow to many, many more.

Yes, Celebrate big!
Annie

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Terrific!

So glad for you, Norma. Dancing with joy for you! Keep on dancing!

Kathy

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Indeed.....cause for celebrating! Keep dancing, smiling and having fun!That is what living as all about! Your positive attitude and calmness is so inspiring...keep it up!

Big Hugs,

Karen

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What great news to hear Norma!!! I am so happy for you. We are all grateful one day at a time. God bless you...and keep you in continued good health.
Lori

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I am so pleased for you - we all need to hear good news like this as often as possible! Long may your good health continue!
Kindest wishes
Helen

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Thank you so much for your warm responses: Claudia, Linda, Annie, Kathy, Karen, Lori, and Helen!!!! (((GROUP HUGGGGG))!!!
Linda, you are so right it is those small everyday things that are the fabric of our lives. Thornton Wilder in Our Town really brings that point home when Emily goes back and lives one day in her life. The "normal" is seen for the extraordinary miracle that it is. Looking for the small wonderful things and savoring them.

And all else who read this discussion. If you have a cancer diagnosis or have a loved one who does know, there is hope and comfort. Seek out positive people who will build you up. Gather as much information as possible. Use your good judgment. And above all NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER EVER!

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I'm happy as can be for you....keep dancing the wonders of life~~ Cancer is scary, but know it opens our minds and hearts to see the beauty in our world.~~~

Enjoy your days!!
Jan
xoxox

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Congratulations on this major anniversary. I do agree that your positive attitude and warm, upbeat personality may have played a part in keeping you well. Enjoy your LIFE! Thank you so much for all of the warmth and caring you've given to me and to the other sisters on this board. May you live a long, long life!

Hugs,

Jill

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Thank you for sharing your good news--I am so happy for you!

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You ladies are so wonderful!!! I appreciate your taking the time to give me support. Reminds me that none of us are alone in this journey. Thanks for being there.

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I am new here, but I believe you were my mentor when all this first started with me. Thank you for the surport and talking me "down off the edge"! I am so glad to hear you are doing so well(and you look great)! I have learned like soooo many here to celebrate the little "victories" when ever they come! Best to you always, Debra

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sister,

just read your post, so happy for you. two years ned, and may it ever be so. it's the jewish new year now, and you're starting on your third new year.....many, many more.

sisterhood,
maggie

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Thanks for the kind greeting...you are so sweet!!! Hoping all the rainbows in the sky for you, my friend.

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I know how it is to be on the edge. I get those moments now an again. Great thing is we are all here for each other.
Best to you too!!!

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Norma - this is wonderful. Keep up the "good work". Doesn't it feel good to feel good?

Best,
Suzanne

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norma2
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I hope you are doing well. Thanks so very much for the encouragement.

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Norma, I'm joining the cheering crowd for you. I love your positive attitude!!
Continuing blessings to you. Mary Ann

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I appreciate the comment, my friend. Positive is the only way to be in my opinion. I think with each situation we all have choices. We can look at things as challenges or problems. I choose to see them as challenges. No matter what the situation. Like the old joke, there has got to be a pony under the manure if you dig deep enough.
(((Mary Ann)))

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Oh my, Norma! I just realized I haven't officially given you my good wishes and congratulations on your celebrating two years! Dancing for joy for you!

Kathy

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In New Orleans, my home city, there is a tradition. It is a dance in which the leader has an umbrella, decorated with all sorts of things, beads dubloons...well you know eyecatching. Anyway, the dance begins with one of those catchy Mardi Gras songs that makes everyone want to move their feet. One by one the people are caught up in the spirit and each person dances behind the other following the leader in their own fashion. It is great fun to see young and old fall in line and wind their way in a long conga line that is full of life and laughter. Needless to say it is not dignified but a real delight both for the dancers and onlookers. We call it THE SECOND LINE dance.

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Celebrating 2 years since treatment is great. I too appreciate your positive and upbeat attitude. May you dance with NED for a very long time. In peace and caring.

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norma2
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Your picture always makes me smile...thanks so much. Hope you are doing well.

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