I remember it like it was last week. 5:40 PM on April 3rd, 2007.
After carefully reviewing my MRI results, it was at that moment my good friend and chiropractor, Dwayne Truhlsen, looked me in the eye and said, “Pat, I think that you have bone cancer.”
Five years ago today.
How does someone acknowledge a milestone like this? Considering that the median life expectancy for a Stage II multiple myeloma patient back then was a short 43 months, I could revel in the fact that I have blown-by that median number and I’m still going strong at month 60.
It’s a time for reflection. It’s a time to give thanks that I’m still around. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Pattie is going to leave work early. We are going meet at a local nursery and select some plants to finish-off the yard in time for Easter. The temperature is expected to reach the mid 80’s, so after a short swim, we plan to head north to relax at a quiet gulf-side restaurant. We are going to enjoy a drink (or maybe two!) and stick around after dinner, sit outside on their deck and watch the sun go down over the water. It should be a perfect day.
Five years ago today my life changed forever. Living with multiple myeloma is hard. But it’s my life now. Might as well make the best of it!
I think I will keep this short and reflect back on things later this week.
Until then I’m going to follow my own advice:
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat