Can you believe it? I can't. Tomorrow marks the day I rang that hope bell last year signifying the end of my treatment. It is hard to even reflect back on that time and what a struggle it was for me. I haven't been posting on here because, frankly, I've been out living my life. In May I started an exercise based medical study at the University of Pennsylvania that is looking to see if exercising will reduce the return rate of colon cancer and if so, how much do you need to exercise per week to achieve this. I was randomize into the high intensity group so I have to do 300 minutes a week of cardio exercise (math translation = 5 hours a week!!!) It's a lot but I've been enjoying it, taking really long bike rides and kayaking for 4 hours at a time. It's so much fun that barely even remember that its a weekly task.
Also, I had my cancerversary party last Thursday where my band played with two other bands and all of my friends came out. All of the money we made (plus what the Morelings made) went to my young cancer survivors group the YACC. We were competing with a visit from the Pope in town, which shut down the city but despite that, I felt we had a very good crowd. I had made this video to help promote the show that went through my cancer journey. You can watch it here.
As for tomorrow, I will be sitting in a spa being nice to myself. After that, I plan to deliver cookies to my medical team at the chemo center and meet with another young woman who is just starting her cancer treatment that I am hoping to mentor. I just really want to give back and I know you all have been so generous to me and don't want any thing back but to honor you, my 1 year of being cancer free and myself, I want to help another young person find their way.
I'll keep you posted.
Life is good.