Today, I am celebrating 9 years of living since being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the life lessons that come with surviving cancer and defining how to live life afterwards. This year is extra special for a few reasons too.
First, I’m only a year from “graduating,” as my Oncologist calls it, and hitting the 10-year mark where reoccurrence is essentially a no risk.
Second, I achieved a 9-year dream of becoming pregnant…and with twins! Before starting chemotherapy I decided to ensure my options for motherhood by freezing a cycle of eggs (19 to be exact) through the Sharing Hope program by Fertile Hope. Doing so allowed such a sense of empowerment to face cancer and know that my future as a mom would remain intact. After 6 years of trying to achieve pregnancy and two IVF rounds, my husband and I are THRILLED to expect our two little boys in June.
Third, I am humbled by the choice I have made to live life fully – striving to live up to my God-given potential. I have worked on my attitude, increasing positive thoughts and re-defining relationships and goals to be healthy and helpful for others (not just for me.)
March is always a month of reflection for me and I wanted to share with our Paperista supporters just how much this milestone means to me this year. So much of my pleasure in living this life has come from the relationships and experiences that Paperista has provided. I am so thankful for each one of you and hope that my quote above might inspire someone to re-think “surviving” this life with or without cancer. It can apply to everyone.
- xoxo, Antoinette (owner of Paperista)