Monday, October 10, 2016

Our lives are fragile. They can change in an instant. Live today in light of the truth-and carry no regrets.~Joshua Becker

Week 6 in Annie's Thoughtful Thursday

It's been 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis.

The treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) nearly killed me. Life is fragile, and fleeting, and precious.

Five years ago,  the dog and I went for a walk at Rice Creek Field Station with my son. This is the place where biology students do their research. We often walk the trails here, it is beautiful and peaceful. I had an appointment later to get the results from the biopsy and wasn't at all worried or worked up.

Joe took a picture of me with the dog.

That was the last picture taken of me with all my body parts, just 7 days later I was in surgery. And 3 weeks after that, the torture of treatment started.

I can't find that photo. I was wearing a denim skirt, a pink long sleeve t shirt, and birkenstocks. We tried to re-create it, except for the clothes (I now HATE pink, camo is my new pink).

But the dog didn't want to cooperate; he peed and pooped.

Live all your days in truth and transparency-I strive for that, anyway. And regrets? Nope. The dog pooping as we tried to commemorate this anniversary is a metaphor for not carrying regrets.

That's what I'm thinking about today.


  1. Poop happens. And when it happened to you, you happened right back. The dog knows that and I do too.

  2. This is the best!! Hahahaha! I violently heart that camo is your new pink. Really glad you decided to stay here on the planet with the rest of us.

  3. I'm so glad you've arrived at the 5 year mark! I think the picture is perfect for today! Poop on cancer! You are a strong and beautiful woman!

  4. Truth and transparency. I like that. And amen to not liking pink. So glad you are here to celebrate this anniversary.