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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scars = You survived

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One of the things, resulting from my cancer battle, that will linger forever are the scars leftover. There are several plus some at hip level (on both sides) in the buttocks area from multiple bone marrow biopsies. On the left side of my chest there are about five dark scars from having a Hickman catheter and on the right side are a couple of scars: one from where the surgeon cut to insert a Power Port (it's where the nurses access my veins for treatments) and small dotted scars under there where the needles are inserted. I still have the Power Port, but the Hickman had to be removed due to an infection.

There are other scars from my battle with cancer - mostly mental and emotional. Those are the scars that, when I look in the mirror, make me think how ugly and beat up my body looks now. Then there are times when I look in the mirror and see how strong I am. How strong I have been. That's what is important, right? Each of those scars is a representative of my successful battle with cancer.

I've had to fight before. There is a five-inch scar on my abdomen from gall bladder removal. It was gangrened, which meant no laser surgery for me. I was 24 years old and one month later I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

The fight isn't over, but through the scars I can see I can still fight. I'm strong...

And so are you.

That's right. When you look at yourself, what scars do you see? Are they within you or visible on the surface? Think of the scar(s) right now and remember what you went through and remind yourself you are still here. Why? Because you - and I - are stronger than whatever tried to hurt us.

Leave a comment to share what you've survived. Then tell me if I accomplished what I said I would yesterday.

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