Going Back To Work…..And Taking Back My Life!

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!


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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shawn
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:13:39

    You go girl….we are all so proud of you and all the fabulous person you area ….Florence Strang……:!!!!


  2. jackie
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:19:15

    So glad to see you getting your life back– it can only get better from here!!!!! See you on the running trails.


  3. The Savvy Sister
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:39:08

    Yahoo!! Go get ‘em!


    • hopeforheather
      Sep 04, 2012 @ 16:16:03

      Congrats! I had to resign my job after getting sick last year. They weren’t nice when I came back. Congrats for having a job to go back to & for healing well!


  4. pinkunderbelly
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 12:29:11

    “Taking back my life” — I like the sound of that! Yes, cancer will always shadow us, but it doesn’t have to define us, as you’ve proven. Enjoy every minute of your triumphant return.


  5. RoyalVibrance
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 12:40:59

    We continue to work through our treatments because of your inspiration in getting through yours, you go get ‘em! Keep moving forward in the healthy lifestyle of being healed.


  6. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether)
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 15:27:03

    Wooohoo! Have fun as you go back to work :) Enjoy the click of those heels!


  7. jean manning
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 17:52:17

    all the best in the coming year florence…..wish you nothing but good things and lots of fun


  8. rachturner
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 18:45:20

    Yay!!!! So happy you are regaining some of your “normal” life!


  9. Debbie Inkpen
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 19:46:17

    congratulations, it’s a milestone………………….enjoy


    Sep 04, 2012 @ 22:37:48

    Congrats, sounds like some good times ahead!


  11. ali
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 09:16:31

    rite on sweetie,congrats


  12. Linda V.C.
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 17:27:10

    Hope you enjoyed your first day back :-)


  13. Lori penny
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 23:20:13

    Hey there missus,
    What a great day! I saw you on the news – excellent interview. As always, you were articulate, open, and inspirational. So proud of you.


  14. judiththomasberg
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 01:44:39

    So glad for you!


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