Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fourteen Years Cancer Free

One hundred thousand people in a stadium, so many people they look like pixels. Odds are 8% of them have diabetes. .01% of them have MG. What are the odds that any of them have thymoma cancer?

Well, we need more stadiums.

One in 1.3 million, about 400 people a year in the USA, are diagnosed with a thymoma tumor. I was one of them in 1998. Seeing dark circles on my CT scan changed everything. I never felt so alone.

Now I am celebrating the holidays with my family for the 14th time since I was diagnosed. Fourteen times of wrapping gifts. Fourteen times unwrapping them together. Fourteen holiday meals. Life is a gift, one that I need to stop and marvel at sometimes.

The downsides of having cancer are so obvious they aren't worth mentioning. The upside? Only a handful of people in the world know the joy of surviving thymoma. I get to be one of them. Fourteen years cancer free. That is reason enough to smile today.

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