It is a big deal to survive cancer for five years from the date of your diagnosis. My five-years since diagnosis is within the next week! Five years gives you no future guarantees of some great cancer-free existence, but it is definitely a huge milestone. As I fought my way through the rigors of cancer treatment, it seemed impossible to me that I could make it to that five-year mark. If I had to put a percentage on it, I gave myself less than a 20% chance that I would be here in five years.
Five years (or 1,875 days) is truly unbelievable to me! Certainly answered prayers that I didn’t even have the courage to pray. My prayers for myself during the past five years would always be, “God help me.” Being a person of faith who practices that faith as a Roman Catholic, I always thought I was a prayerful person. But cancer has taught me that no longer do I rattle off a grocery list of “Do this for me God” prayers for myself, but that simple prayer, “God help me” contains it all and takes care of my needs.
The miracles I have lived and witnessed during these five years is beyond my comprehension. The lessons I have learned are amazing to me. Most importantly, the people who have crossed my path in these five years from my Blog and my online store, http://www.hellocourage.com have been the most transformational for me. Not to mention my family and friends who have always been there for me.
Thank you, my readers and customers, for giving me strength and courage to keep going and make it to this five-year mark! You have been a huge part of God’s answer to my prayer, “God help me.” He sent all of you!
My next two blog posts will be a summary of the lessons I learned along the way. Most of my readers are newly diagnosed or are in their first two years after cancer. I’m hoping my five-year survival brings hope to all of you!