Saturday, November 29, 2008

Three years, one day

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on November 28, 2005. Goodness knows how long it was secretly lurking around in there. Years, probably. I also had to undergo weeks of testing to find out what it was, but Nov. 28, 2005 was the first day a doctor handed me a print-out of my biopsy results and told me that myeloma was definitely what I had.

I went home and spent weeks and weeks Googling myeloma, only to read the same horrifying statistic over and over again: If you can believe the Internet, most people only live three years after diagnosis.

Well, look at me now: It's been three years and one day.

I have beaten the odds.

13 comments:

DJS said...

i am really happy to hear you are doing OK. My dad is 3 and 1/2 years into it now. You both beat the odds.
Anita

The Mama Monkey said...

Congratulations! That is an awesome place to be! Here's to many, many more years kicking it in the rear end!

Cassie said...

Hope. It's a good thing. Thanks for sharing it. =)

Congratulations and here's to many, many more years of odds-beating.

Brooke said...

Here's to many, many more!

Laura said...

My anniversary is January 8, 2009. It will also be my three year anniversary. My boys were six when I was diagnosed and I plan on dancing at their weddings just like you will be at WCW by that time. I am just starting to jump through the hoops for Revlimid. Yipee!!!! I am so thankful it is out there and I am so thankful for your blog. You make me laugh.

Jen said...

Congratulations...and I hope you post something every year on your anniversary - so that people who are on the internet searching for it for the very first time will be able to read about your story and not just the three year figure.

Beth said...

Hi Karen,

You're doing great. I've enjoyed reading your blog, too. :)

Beth (about to start my 7th year with myeloma)

John E. Smith said...

My one year anniversary was this week. My first doctor said five years; my second consult said six years. Now, I wonder why it shouldn't be five/six years from now rather than then.

I'm glad you are doing well. :>)

Diane, Nick, and Maren said...

Congratulations on beating the odds! I hope you are blogging for many, many more years.

Karen's Sister said...

It really puts things into perspective and reminds us how precious that one extra day really is.

La Cootina said...

Hooray! I am one year post-diagnosis, and I hope we all continue to beat the odds.
Right now I can't afford the t-shirt, but I *am* "making cancer my bitch!"

MoBK said...

I love your blog- you make me laugh and manage to put the disease in perspective. I was just diagnosed and your news gives me hope.

Kim in CB said...

In the famous words of Gloria Gaynor - "I, I will survive.. As long as I know how to love I know I will stay alive.." Now try to go the rest of the day without singing it! Congrats!! Keep whoopin cancer butt!