Rebecca (beeker121) wrote,

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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.
Tags: past tense, thryoid, words
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