Like any life altering experience, it always helps to connect with others who have been through it. In 2006, at the LIVESTRONG Summit in Austin, Texas, I met 3 lovely ladies who are also ThyCa Survivors. I was thrilled to not only meet other cut-throats, but young cut-throats at that! It was comforting to know that there were others in my crap filled boat too. I have been chatting with them over Facebook and email, and my friend Jenn, who is a 11 year Survivor, wrote to me:
In this crazy cancer roller coaster my story or my truth is the only thing I have control over, so I do my best at all times to have both feet in reality. That's what brings me comfort, even if it's the fact that I'm not cured.
And that's what I have been trying to do. Get both of my feet into THIS reality, even if it's not one I want to be in. It's MY story and MY truth that the cancer is back. When I was first diagnosed, I found strength (and thus comfort) in learning everything I could about this disease. It wasn't always pretty, but I finally managed back then to get both feet in reality.
So now, even though I didn't get the answers I wanted about my tests, I do want to embrace my truth. My body may never be free of this disease but I will still have a long, productive, joyful, active life. And no matter what Jack Nicholson says, I can handle the truth...because I am a Survivor.