Yesterday was my cancerversary, for people that may not be familiar with the term, the event celebrated 1 year of me living with stage IV cancer. It was something I for the most part had forgotten. During the whole initial time of being diagnosed I was pretty much in a blur of emotion and depression. That in addition that I am absolutely horrible with dates made me completely unaware of what was about to happen. My friend Courtney actually brought it to my attention, asking if I had anything planned. The way I best handle having this disease is 90% of the time pretending I don’t have it. It is what allows me to attempt to live my life as normal as possible.
Little did I know that my friends were planning an event to celebrate the occasion and I unknowingly found every possible way to make it as difficult as possible. With a mix of wanting to work out, stay and work late, go to a work event dinner, and just head home and do nothing I made it difficult for our friends to sway me to come out. Clover met me at work in an attempt to get me to leave and I then tell people at my job that we would stay for dinner (because free food). Clover cleverly pulled the wife card stating that she wanted to do something just the two of us since she has been working so much. A reason I will never argue. She then mentioned that she accidentally left her stethoscope at The Long Hall (a bar nearby). We walk in and I quickly mentioned to her about making this quick as my company starts trivia here in a bit and I didn’t want to be around for it. Then I see a collection of my friends, leaving me confuse. Maybe they really wanted to win Game of Thrones Trivia and didn’t tell me. Then I saw lots more faces and realized i had been tricked. Screams of happy cancerversary were shouted and I was greeted with a cookie shaped like a butt, which was absolutely delicious. Every day I find myself so thankful for the friends I have in my life that are able to find any reason to celebrate. This has without question been the longest year of my life and I really cannot fathom what is to come but I hope it involves more butt shipped cookies.
Love you all
Funny side story: I am friends with the owner and the bar staff as this is one of our more popular trivia bars and a lovely place to grab a pint after work. The waitress came up at the end of the night and congratulated me on my anniversary. I corrected her by saying cancerversary and then went into a short detail as to what the celebration was really for. The time it took for her face to drop was priceless. I followed up by saying my friends have unique ways of finding the best out of the worst.
Finally our friends only came in 2nd at Game of Thrones Trivia. WOMP WOMP