Mile Marker #33

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, I was starting my medical leave. I had a great day at the spa, followed the next day by a trip to New Orleans.

But I’ll take a weekend at home, followed by no tests/possible surgery/low-iodine diet/radiation, over the spa + New Orleans, anytime.

By their nature, birthdays are milestone events. I love, LOVE my birthday, and cancer has only made me appreciate it that much more. I am so, so happy to have made it to my Larry Bird birthday (#33), and to continue to put the last year behind me.

Last year, as you may remember, was the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad year. So January 1 was a milestone; so too was the whole month of March, which marked a year since our second miscarriage and the diagnosis of my thyca recurrence. My birthday last year was a great day, but it was tinged by the uncertainty of what was to come.

It’s an understatement to say that I am — we are — in a wholly different place than 365 days ago. Life isn’t perfect, but it is so much better than it was a year ago, and I can celebrate in one day both making it to #33 AND no longer being the longest-running graduate student in history. We have an adorable, smiley nephew who looks damn good in a Red Sox jersey, are just months away from a new sister-in-law, and have yet another family wedding less than a year from now. I have lots of time to read trashy celebrity sites and to put books on hold at the library. I even made risotto last week!

How does one celebrate marking the passage of such a year? A cap and gown feels insufficient to me. I think sightseeing in DC, followed by a steak cooked in sizzling 500-degree butter, sounds about right.

Those, and lots of smiles for the year to come. This time, I can’t wait.


7 thoughts on “Mile Marker #33

  1. Michele — here’s to YOUR Larry Bird year — love the analogy!! So glad I get to see you AGAIN soon!! Yay!! xoxo Michele W.

  2. How does one celebrate their 33rd birthday? Get yourself to French Lick as soon as possible. Have Brian set up dinner with “coach.” Happy Birthday.

  3. Michele,

    So happy year #32 has ended – bring on 33! This is where you continue to turn the corner and have only great things ahead. I truly hope you have a wonderful day as a start to a wonderful year. You really deserve it!

  4. Happy Birthday Michele!! May your day and 33rd year be filled with more good health, gratitude and memory making experiences. See you in two weeks, yeah!!!!

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