First of all CONGRATULATIONS on your Cancerversary!!! Thank you so much for sharing your choice of celebration on this very emotional day. I had both tears and big smiles reading your article. It's amazing after being diagnosed with cancer, how much more we appreciate life. I do not want to focus on the ignorant words and attitude of your friend because I would prefer to celebrate with you. I will say though, it pierced my heart. Please think twice about how the negativity will affect you. I actually had to stop to remind myself.
I celebrated my 11th anniversary cancer free four day ago! I started celebrating weeks ago by treating myself to eating ice-cream for lunch everyday! I also planted a rose bush in my front yard. Over the years I have celebrated with my family and alone in many different ways. No one knows more about how scary a cancer diagnoses is than the people that love you, and of course you yourself.
Please update us next year about how you will celebrate year two! I will look forward to reading it. No judgements I promise ;)
You are in my prayers.
hello! being a fellow cancer survivor, i want to share with you that when i give thanks for the meal i am about to eat, i ask for a blessing that the food will help keep me free from cancer and other disease, no matter what the food in front of me is. as i'm sure you do, i try to eat healthy and nutritious meals; i also believe that occasional treats and indulgences are comforting and uplifting and fun -- therefore a positive and healing experience 😉 -- especially when going through cancer treatment. thank God and modern medicine, i am cancer-free 12 yrs.after my first diagnosis of lung cancer (there was a recurrence six months later), and almost 11 yrs since my last chemo. may you also be blessed with complete healing!
i say do what makes YOU feel good and what is right for you! after thinking about what this friend said to you, i'm betting that in the future you will find the words in real time to respond to people who may criticize your choices. you have every right to do that. remember that most of them mean well even if their words are clumsy. most cancer patients and survivors i know have had similar experiences, myself included.
so, be strong and of good courage. wishing you the very best!