Monday, September 01, 2008

Celebrating Birthdays Again!

Rachel had wished Dana a Happy Birthday, and here is her reply...

Rachel, thank you so much for the birthday wish!

This birthday was sort of a milestone for me... not because I can celebrate long term survival of cancer since my diagnosis is only 4 months old. But this is my first birthday in 11 years that I actually WANTED to celebrate.

When I turned 50 I started disliking birthdays and from then on tried very hard to make it just another day of the year telling everyone my days of celebrating birthdays were over!! In the first hours today after I woke up and began my "birthday" it slowly started to sink into me what a beautiful gift a birthday is to anyone with a life-threatening illness, and how incredibly uncaring it is to say to people that a birthday is not something to celebrate.

My perspective on many things has changed a great deal since I became a "cancer patient." Today's celebration of my birthday is one more milestone in this journey. I now look foward to next year's birthday and sincerely hope that I can CELEBRATE many more birthdays....never to make light of it again but to celebrate with a heart full of love and gratitude for each and every day spent living this gift of life from one birthday to the next.

And happy birthday to my fellow scorpion....Brenda! We are said to be like a phoenix Brenda....we can rise from the ashes anew!

Dana in Connecticut

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