My First Cancerversary Email

I started writing my Cancerversary emails in 2001. Since then, I have continued my cancerversary email on January 25, the day I was diagnosed with cancer. It’s my day to celebrate life and thank God for what He has given me. Some choose to celebrate the day they went into remission; some don’t celebrate at all. I celebrate my diagnosis day because if that day had never happened, I wouldn’t be here sharing my story.

January 25, 2001

I just wanted to share the good news with everyone . . . I am alive to celebrate my 7th anniversary of going to the ER and then to Children’s Hospital to be diagnosed with cancer. In 1994, because of my intense back pain, I was rushed to the ER, to later find out I had 99+ percent leukemia cells in my bone marrow. Thanks to my doctors, I am here today to share my story. This is my biggest accomplishment in life, and I am so happy that I am doing well. I know some of you didn’t know me back when I was sick, but I thank you now for accepting me for who I am . . . leukemia and all. All the memories from that first hospital stay are so vivid in my memory. It’s amazing that it’s been so long. I have met many wonderful people through camp and cancer lists. I know what I went through has made me who I am today. I thank God for being here to celebrate. I know my battle with cancer was a tough fight, and some don’t make it, but for all of them . . . I know they are up in Heaven watching down on us. Seven years ago, if I had not been diagnosed when I had been, I probably would never have seen my 14th birthday, and now in six days, I will be turning 21. God works in mysterious ways. I am ALIVE!!!!!!

7-year leukemia survivor


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