Today I am returning to work after a 17 month hiatus. For the past 17 months, I have lived as a cancer patient, but now I am ready to take back MY life! I would love to add…”and put cancer behind me”….but I really don’t think that cancer will ever truly be a thing that I can just put behind me and forget. I fear that its shadow will always be there, lurking over my shoulder; my scars a permanent reminder of how close I came to losing my life to this merciless disease.
I have to give accolades to those who continue to work through cancer treatments. I don’t know how you do it! For me, having cancer was a full time job. Just scheduling and re-scheduling my many appointments with my Family Doctor, my Oncologist, my chemo nurse, my physio-therapist, my Radiation Specialist, my Surgeon, My Naturopath, my Plastic Surgeon, and my Reiki Practitioner, was enough to employ a full time secretary. That is not to mention the many trips to the hospital for chemotherapy sessions, radiation treatments, surgeries, and I.V. antibiotics. When I was not hanging out at the hospital or various clinics, you could be almost sure to find me at my local pharmacy, where I was starting to feel like part of the furniture.
But thankfully, the number of appointments and prescriptions has dwindled. So now, I can trade in my sneakers and sweats for skirts and heels; instead of scheduling medical appointments I will be scheduling counselling sessions with my dear students; and rather than seeing the familiar faces of the hospital staff, I will be greeted by the happy faces of my school staff. Life is good today…..life is GOOD today!