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Five years ago today my life changed forever…

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Five years ago today my life changed forever…

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!

On vacation - Three months before my diagnosis

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