I want to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and share a positive message. I want to encourage people to talk about cancer, and not to shy away from the topic. My way is to focus on the future by creating My Survival List, a list of things I want to do to fulfill my dreams, starting now.
I hope my blog could serve as an inspiration to others to start fulfilling dreams and not to wait.
When I was diagnosed with cancer on December 19th 2017, I was busy preparing for Christmas festivities. I was trying to finalize all the job related activities and had a long list of things I wanted to complete, before going on vacation. The plan was to spend a relaxing Christmas in Sweden at my sister's house, and we knew we would have a white Christmas as it had been snowing a lot lately.
My Christmas Gift
It has become a tradition to go Christmas shopping in Konstanz, Germany with my daughters. During our shopping trip in December 2017, I had decided to not only buy gifts to my family, but to treat myself and buy a new handbag. I do not have a big collection of handbags, and my old one started to be worn out and a bit boring. So when I found this one, I felt it would be perfect for me!
My Christmas gift
However, when I was diagnosed and got the treatment plan with major surgery and chemotherapy coming up, I decided to not start using my Christmas gift. Who needs a new handbag while at the hospital and when recovering at home after treatments? I decided to keep my Christmas gift for better and more healthy days, thus being something to long for and look forward to. After having done the big checkup last week, I decided that the day had come, 192 days after Christmas eve. My belated Christmas gift is now a sign of victory and I use it with pride, feeling humble and grateful for having won the first round against cancer!