It’s a process

Today is the fourth anniversary of my surgery, the day I began many long months of recovery and treatment and recovery from treatment. Coincidentally, it’s also National Cancer Survivors Day. I’ve been a bit stubborn about adopting the “survivor” label, but I think it’s time. I don’t have cancer any more.

It’s a process. Cancer is a process. Treatment is a process. Healing is a process. Surviving is a process. The process has been hard on me these past few months, harder than I thought it would be by now. I needed to remember that it’s different for everyone, that we’re all on our own timeline. I needed to stop and rest, stop plowing ahead.

It took a while for me to realize that for me, healing and surviving isn’t simple. It’s hard work. Careful management of my lymphedema, the leftover effects from chemotherapy, a seismic shift at my job, and losing my mother — my plate is full. I’ve been working on it. It’s a good process.

So, today is the fourth anniversary of my surgery… I’m looking back, but I’m right here. I’m trying to be right here.

Peace Love & Yarn Bluebird BFL Sock Yarn (Thank you Liz!)

10 thoughts on “It’s a process

  1. Ahh. Jane. Hugs to you on this special day. Who knew. . . that "surviving" could be so complicated. . . Keep dancing with it, Jane. Dance.

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  2. I always learn something from your perspective on life, Jane. I had read in Newsday about a Hamptons bookstore opening another branch and wondered if you were involved. It sounds like you were.

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  3. 4 years this month for me too, and I do so understand although my after effects are negligible, but I probably haven't had as much other stuff to deal with. So happy to see you back on the blog again – I stop by every day just incase! Keep happy and healthy…oh and knitting! Best wishes, Helenxx

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  4. I'm so glad to see you healing–and it does show–and to know that you have a sense of patience with the healing process and with your self. Cancer is a difficult adversary. You've handled it with aplomb.

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  5. So happy to see that you posted. You are wiser than most in that you respect the struggle and give it the attention it needs. I wish you continued good health and a peaceful heart. NanciKnits

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  6. Jane, good to read your writing again. Congratulations on the milestone. Hang tough. My mother was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 57 and will be 82 in four days! Best,Martha H.

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  7. My God bless you through this coming year…and give you strenggth and peace and health. I am just finishing a pair of Hedgerows right now! Have made several pairs of this great design. It is classic and simple, but interesting. Thanks for that!

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  8. Good for you for hanging on and going with the flow, slow or fast or the in-between speed. We all keep increasing our levels of patience, beginning right with ourselves. Sorry about the loss of your Mother. That is a hard one to over come. Hope your life takes an upward swing and you are able to keep yourself cheery.

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