My First Cancerversary Email

I started writing my Cancerversary emails in 2001.  Every year 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. Back 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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