Celebrating another year


No, it’s not my birthday – thank heavens.  Birthdays seem to be stacking up like an obscene pile of carbs at the International House of Pancakes. But I am grateful for every one.


I just realized I have a survived a year with cancer. Every day since last August is a bonus on the Merry-Go-Round of life. Frankly, I thought I wouldn’t make it to Christmas, because they hinted that ovarian cancer was a death sentence.

It isn’t.  In fact, it can be very positive if you look at it sideways and squint a little bit.

I’ve found that I’ve cherished each day far beyond those of my former shallow life.   I’ve seen spectacular sunsets with my neighbors on the back porch –  and sunrises on my front porch all by myself. Never have I known such peace, happiness, and freedom.

I don’t know why exactly, but I wouldn’t trade a day of the last year for my former life which I lived on auto-pilot.

Note:  this month I will round up my “girl gang”  Carolyn, Marie, Ruthie, Nancy and Beth to join us on the ride down Route 66.  The class of 65 is turning 66. No way.  Middle age is creeping up on us but we are too fabulous to notice.

7 thoughts on “Celebrating another year

  1. Carole, we know you’re laughing since you’re our “young one” in the gang. This will just be another reason for us to celebrate!!!

  2. Thank goodness for sideways and squinting!!! Keep on celebrating life and please continue to share it with us.

  3. With so many birthdays this month, I say let’s have a birthday party!
    And you can certainly celebrate, too, Emily!

  4. Your wonderful positive attitude and faith have made you a suryivor. So glad you are doing great. You ” girls” enjoy your adventures and be safe.

  5. Oh my gosh Carole. I cried when we let you out of the car – wish you could have seen us drive around the airport for the rest of the afternoon trying to get back to the interstate. That airport needs some new directions. We went aroundandaroundandaround. Love you too!

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