Mark and I had dinner with some friends tonight. We shared a lot of laughs and as we drove home I thought to myself, "That was so much fun, I even forgot I had cancer." That is significant to me. Although I don't want to ever forget where I've been or what I experienced or learned, I also don't want cancer to be a constant presence in my life. I was happy that I wasn't living with cancer lurking in the background or peering over my shoulder.
But as soon as I had those thoughts, I had these: "You just spent your whole dinner discussing cancer - symptoms, treatments, side effects, etc. etc. etc.!! You were eating dinner with another family who is battling this disease!" I didn't forget I had cancer - but I experienced the freedom to talk about it in all its gory detail with someone else who understood. What a special gift!
I received a call today from the surgeon's office with the results of the genetic testing that was done. All the results came back negative, meaning that I do not have a mutated gene that would make me, and possibly my children, more susceptible to colorectal cancer. That's good news for all of us!!