D-Day Anniversary: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time flies when you're fighting for your life and then fighting to have life get back to normal!

I thought it appropriate to end my month-long hiatus from blogging to recognize the fact that today is the first anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. This isn't really an anniversary to celebrate but I do think it's important to note it -- for me and for all of those who were there for me last March 10. In many ways, it feels like just yesterday that my gynecologist told me the news about the "grave" situation I faced and in other ways, it feels like a decade has passed since this time last year. It's funny -- I don't think I've ever admitted this to myself or others but I think I knew everything I was up against the minute he told me that I had some sort of cancer. I didn't want to admit it at the time but my gut told me all along that my treatment (...and its aftermath) was going to be a rough ride and not something that would be over quickly. But I always knew I would survive it. And I have. And I will continue to survive it even on days when I struggle to understand how and why this happened and am pretty frustrated by some of the minor inconveniences and issues of my post-cancer treatment life. I'm just as determined on this March 10th as I was last March 10th not to let the cancer get the best of me...and on most days, it doesn't.

So, congratulations to me and my friends and family for surviving this past year because I know that it wasn't just a struggle for me but for everyone in my life.


  1. Cheers!!!
    You deserve it...and this year will be much, much better (-;

  2. has it been a year already?

    you were amazing before the cancer.

    you are still amazing.

    thanks for the inspiration.


  3. way to go! it takes a very strong person to survive and keep their spirits as high as you do. go pop a cork or two - and congratulations!

  4. Onward and upward- I'm so glad the worst is behind you. I agree with Christy- you are an inspiration!

  5. I'm so glad you posted and every year post-cancer is a victory to be celebrated. As Christy said you are amazing. Been thinking of you.


  6. "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." (Jane Howard)

    ...And each of those needs an indomitable spirit like Jennie!

    Congratulations and all our love,
    Uncle Chris & Gail

  7. Even numbered years are your best - here's to 2010 and the rest (of your life)! Ok, so I'm no poet... I'm so happy 2009 is behind you. You are amazing!!!


  8. You became a survivor the day you were diagnosed. So, I agree it should be acknowledged (and celebrated). We still acknowledge Jim's diagnosis day (it will be 12 years in May) and it gets easier each year.
    Michelle and Jim

  9. I found your blog one day and I just want to say from one cancer survior to another - congratulations on making it to your 1-year "cancerversary". May you have many, many more celebrations. My 3-year d-day anniversary is April 6th. It does get easier each year. Congrats and best wishes.

  10. Mine is may 5th. 050510 this year 12 years later. Honestly after a few years you forget about it. Congrats!!! Keep blogging!