June 4th, 2014

mirror girl  Rockwell

past tense

This past Monday was an important day for me, while being utterly normal in most aspects, because it was an anniversary.  It was on June 2, 2009 that I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer.

In terms of cancer (or at least the one I had) five years is a big deal as it marks a major transition point.  When I saw my endo doc this spring I confirmed that time frame, and asked what day I should count from, since the summer of 2009 had a lot of events surrounding this issue.  She told me that traditionally everything counts from diagnosis.

So for the past several years, if you had asked for some reason, I would have told you, “I have cancer that has been fully in remission for X amount of time”.

But as of Monday I get to tell you, “I had cancer”.

Nothing has changed, but words matter.