My friends, it has been a year - one year ago today I was diagnosed with brain cancer. The outlook was NOT good, and I am still on the short-life list. But making it this far with no additional cancer detected is a big, big win and advances my recovery in a big way. The doctor who examined me today confirmed that things are going very well, far better than expected, and it look like I have many months more. Of course, no one is using the phrase "years" yet, and I expect I won't ever hear this from the physicians who are examining and treating me. But this is the last day of year one in my diagnosis, and on March 17th (anniversary of the official "death notice") I will celebrate the completion of the first of what I think is going to be my favorite day, St. Patrick's Day.
By the way, the picture of me is minutes after hearing the congratulations by the doctors. This is a BIG deal. Cancer physicians don't offer good news to a patient whose demise is predicted and published. I am not out of the woods (I have a remaining life stuck in the woods) but I have made major progress. It is a big deal and wonderful news!