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 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.
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.]