December 5: I Celebrate Another Birthday

I am generally not big into blog hops or memes.

But when I found Monday Listicles, hosted by Stasha, I knew it was for me.

I love blogging lists. Lists are simple, informative, and FUN.

I’ve already blogged about the Top 10 Positive Things About Breaking a Foot, the Top 10 Reasons Why it’s Bad to Break a Foot, and the Top 10 Frustrations Involving Wine in NJ.

I am ALL about lists of 10!

Lists also fit nicely with my random blogging style.  Monday Listicles is awesome because it gives me a prompt, so I don’t have to think too hard about what list I want to write.  I could see this becoming a habit.

The topic this week, chosen by Robbie, is to write a list about birthdays.

Writing can be odd. Usually I try to be funny. For some reason, this list came out serious. I have no idea what happened.

But I just went with it.

December 5


1)     1998: Today is my first birthday.

[My first birthday post-cancer. Rich was my rock, Conor my cuddly two year old. My parents, sisters, and sisters-in-law were all there for me too.]

2)     1999: I celebrate another birthday.

[My hair came back nicely. I felt lucky to be alive.]

3)     2000: I celebrate another birthday.  I am so fortunate.

[They say the risk of breast cancer recurrence is highest in the first 2 years.]

4)     2001: I celebrate another birthday. Conor started kindergarten a few months ago.

[I was terrified, in 1998, that I wouldn’t be there that day.]

5)     2002: I celebrate another birthday. I am 9 weeks pregnant.

[They said chemo might leave me infertile. It didn’t. But I miscarried at 13 weeks.]

6)     2003: I celebrate another birthday. I am more than 5 years cancer-free.  I am 8 months pregnant.

[Shane was born the following January.]

7)     2007: I celebrate another birthday. I am more than 9 years cancer-free.

[My oncologist told me that I didn’t have to see him anymore. It has been long enough. I am cured from this particular cancer.]

8)     2009: I celebrate another birthday. Shane started kindergarten a few months ago.

[Conor graduated from middle school the following Spring. I was there for that too.]

9)     2011: I celebrate another birthday. Earlier this year we got a puppy, Buster, who we adore.

[It has been 13.5 years since I had cancer. Who says 13 is unlucky?]

10)   2012: I hope I get to celebrate another birthday this year. There is so much to live for.

[I don’t mind getting older the way some people do. Every year is a gift. Life is so precious, so fragile. Nothing means more to me than another year with my wonderful family. I love you.]

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25 Responses to “December 5: I Celebrate Another Birthday”

  1. christinaJuly 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    wow. what a great, great, GREAT list. i’m so glad you decided to jump on board.

  2. Sisterhood of the Sensible MomsJuly 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I think serious is the wrong label for this list. INSPIRATIONAL would be more fitting. Ellen

  3. RobbieJuly 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    i’m with the sisters…very inspirational and heartwarming list. My bff underwent chemo last fall. I can’t wait to celebrate 5 years cancer free with her. I hope you come back and link up next week for #mondayisticles. I love it & found many new blogs I love to follow.

  4. Melisa @ just begin from here.July 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Stacie! Oh, I love your list! Congratulations to you. I got very teary-eyed reading this – my mom just finished breast cancer treatment (she is now on the 5 year drug part) and is doing well. So glad you are, too! Now I feel like such a heel for the birthday list I’m about to post. Oh well…. 🙂 Cheers!

  5. Jamie@SouthMainMuseJuly 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    You do have such a unique appreciation for the preciousness of each birthday that comes around. That was truly wonderful.

  6. kalliJuly 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    what an incredible post! congrats you are more than a survivor you are an inspriration!

  7. Paige @ Your Trainer PaigeJuly 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Getting older is better than the alternative…you are such an inspiration! 🙂

  8. Roz@weightingfor50July 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Stacie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. (yup, love X 3) So glad you are cancer free, and so glad I found you blog. BTW, thanks for the tag yesterday. I’ll be answering your questions in the next day or so. It was so fun to read more about you!!!! Have a great Monday. Hugs

  9. rebecca @ blueberry smilesJuly 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Love this list! It’s such a special way to think about birthdays. And it’s so true that we have so much to be thankful for and life is such a gift.

  10. RoryBoreJuly 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Love love love how you did this list. so so inspiring. This was a real pleasure to read. You have so much to celebrate and I am happy that you shared it with us all.

  11. StaceyJuly 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Wow! You are amazing and life is a gift for sure! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful birthdays!

  12. Sperk* (Kimberly Speranza)July 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Powerful. I’m glad you are here and do hope Monday Listicles becomes one of your habits.

  13. Linda @ LemonsJuly 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Beautiful. I love your list.

  14. AllyJuly 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    This post filled me with happiness for you. What a wonderful list!

  15. LarksJuly 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    What a beautiful and inspirational list! Well written, too. I just lost my aunt to cancer. This made me tear up. Loved this!

  16. Hotly SpicedJuly 24, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    That’s a great list. What an incredible journey it’s been. So sorry to hear about the miscarriage at 13 weeks. But so lovely to see that photo of your son with the new baby. How wonderful that it’s now 13.5 years behind you. Here’s to the next 13.5 and the next and the next. And sorry about my commenting system. It drives me crazy. It’s supposed to show you a box that you can click on to leave your URL. I can’t figure out why it’s happening for some and not for others. xx

  17. BridgetJuly 24, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Congratulations on being cancer free!! This list was my favorite!

  18. StashaJuly 24, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    What a special gift and a wonderful life to enjoy with your family. Happy 14th coming up! Lovely to meet you!

  19. cathy@1970kikiprojectJuly 24, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    stacie, it is so refreshing to read a positive outlook about birthdays. esp at *our age,* people tend to be so negative about another bday…i really appreciate your viewpoint.
    and i am so happy that you beat your cancer, have two wonderful children, and good things happening in your life.
    i love blog lists, too (reading and writing, both)! and yes, it’s nice to be given a topic and interpreting as you wish! i’m tellin’ ya – photo challenge, go for it!!

  20. MamaCassieJuly 24, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Every day is the best “birthday” gift you could ever ask for. Glad you were brave and fought the long battle with cancer! God bless!

  21. ZoJuly 24, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Wow…what a great perspective. I am constantly working on my bringing myself down over little things that don’t make a difference in a week’s time, let alone in the long run. I wish you many happy birthdays to come.

  22. AudreyJuly 24, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Wow! I love your list! Its inspiring to read. Here’s to many more birthdays!

  23. MelanieJuly 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    This post isn’t serious – it’s spectacular and honest and makes the reader feel a part of you. It’s amazing you had cancer so young, but I guess there is a reason for everything.

    And December 5th is a birthday for us too – It’s the day I got my Little! It’s a really good day in so many ways!


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