Thursday, April 18, 2013

home base

dear breast cancer rookie readers --

i've appreciated your stopping by the blog, and keeping up as your time and interest has allowed.

now that treatment is behind me, and tamoxifen lies ahead, i've found myself in a space where i'd kind of like to put the whole cancer story in the rearview for a while.

i can't do that if i write about it everyday.

i've enjoyed the opportunity to frame the experience in the form of storytelling.

i can say it was helpful to be able to organize thoughts during the months of diagnostics, surgeries, recoveries and treatments.

fall, winter, spring.

summer though, is truly the season of the rookie.

i went for my first swim of the season yesterday.

and today i took my first outdoor shower of the season.

yesterday i put two early cherry tomatoes, growing in the backyard garden, into my cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch.

talk about a mouthful of summer.

fall, winter, spring were the months filled with cancer.

i'd like summer to be the months filled with light.

so with this is mind, i'd like to thank you again for being here.

if i keep writing here though, then breast cancer will always be riding shotgun, bc i'll have to think about it everyday.

and i might think about it everyday anyway.

for a while.

but i really want it to just be a chapter in whatever book this life is.

so with gratitude, i'm saying again, thank you.

you were here when i swung that first time, and made it to first base, which i consider to be diagnostics.

and second base, when i moved on to surgeries.

and third, which i see as treatment.

and now, wherever home is, i'd like to believe i'm there.

thanks again.

for everything.

xx katy


  1. Congratulations Katy. Thank you for sharing your experience, and here is to your wonderful summer. Your writing is wonderful; you have a unique way with words. Peace~

  2. Saw things much clearer -- in the rearview mirror...
    That's part of a song.

    I'll second what Melissa said above!

    I am so glad this C-word stuff is over. I loved this blog & while I didn't like the cause of what inspired it, I enjoyed it very much & looked forward to each new entry. I will miss it, yet it's a paradox, because I'm SO GLAD that your treatment is history.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATY!! Love you!

    -Donna M.

  3. Best of luck to you as you begin the rest of your life. You're a talented writer and it's been a pleasure to read your entries each day. Thank you for sharing this with us.


  4. Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been and what we’ve overcome. They teach us lessons about what to avoid in the future. That’s what we like to think. But that’s not always the way it is. Sometimes there are things we just have to learn over again.

    Best of luck to you Katy! I have enjoyed your posts and will miss them!

  5. You are a talented writer, Katy. I will miss reading your stories, though not the cancer of it all. Enjoy the lightness. The summer after my treatment was one of the best in my life. Be well & have fun. ~Catherine

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