Today is the 1 year anniversary, date wise, of when I began my six week long, 30 radiation treatments after the mastectomy on 18 November 2015. From 20 January to March 3rd 2016, five days a week, I lived at the Princess Margaret Lodge, and had daily radiation treatments on my right breast. I got to “feel the burn” before “feeling the Bern” was a political slogan.
I am blessed to have been cared for by exceptional health care professionals and the support staff and specialists were equally exceptional in their care and managing my treatment needs as well as personal needs as an outpatient staying at the Lodge. The Lodge staff were incredible as were all the volunteers that participate in all the outpatient programs, as well as all the Cancer Society volunteer drivers that pick us up at our home and take us down to the hospital and bring us back home at the end of the treatment week. I was blessed with great drivers who become friends during those six weeks.
I am blessed to have had the support of family and extended family and friends, social media friends on Facebook and Twitter. Your prayers, thoughtful words, cards, emails, social media updates, all contributed to my recovery, and for that I am eternally grateful. It has been an incredible journey of faith and life. It is not one that I would have chosen, but I have embraced it and I have grown as a man through it and still find areas of my life being renewed and transformed by it. I thank God that in this cancer journey, He has been with me through it all and has not forsaken me.
I have made new friends who are indeed precious to me through the bond we have by shared journeys through suffering, pain, and triumph over adversity. I have renewed old friendships with people I had known over 35 years ago. I have renewed relationships with men that wore the military uniform as I did and served in the same regiment. I have reconnected with many family friends. I am thankful for the gift of renewed relationships.
Today is indeed a Happy Friday for me. It is a one year anniversary of God’s blessing upon my life. In a couple of weeks I will see my eldest daughter, Caitlin, married to a fine upstanding young man, Stephen. I will have the joy of seeing my daughters married to two exceptional men. There is nothing more which a father would want than to see his daughters marry men who will love, cherish, respect them and take care of them. I am a happy and contented man.
Today I am thankful for my wife, Lori-Anne, who has journeyed this life, and this past year with me, each step of the way. We have persevered through much. We have had our trials, and we have had our triumphs. This is one of those triumphs. I love you Lori-Anne more than I ever have before. You are my best friend and lifelong companion. You are an amazing woman, full of grace, truth, wisdom and compassion. I am more blessed than I can express. Thank you for sharing life with me.
I embrace 2017 fully and I trust that all of you will do the same. You only have one life to live. Live it well.
~ Samuel M. Buick