♫ Mr. F

The last six to eight years have been some of the best of my life — so far.

I’ve been a mom to two fabulous toddlers, preschoolers, school-agers and then awesome eight and ten year old girls.

I’ve made, maintained and enjoyed great friendships, hosted and participated in terrifically silly get-togethers, contributed generously to the world of children’s literature and literacy, thoroughly enjoyed four PABs, two PCTOs, one KidLitCon and the online and offline social media scene, and revelled in a whole slew of creative projects.

I’ve taken risks. I’ve grown. I’ve been more truly me than my crazy twenty-something years allowed.

And all the while, that cancer grew.

So, as the end of chemo inches into sight and I nervously ponder my re-integration, I remind myself that I’m not actually an alien among the healthy.

In fact, aside from the effects of the treatments themselves, I’m physically healthier now than I’ve been in six to eight years.

Ignorance was bliss.

But booting cancer and moving on is bound to be better.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • Linda

    Quite the journey, good to hear about so much creativity and just plain enjoyment. I am curious about the title of this post. When you look at this list of experiences I sure don't see you as that crab hiding in the fish tank either…I could use some coaching from you…but then you've already done that, and are doing that probably more than you realize. Thanks (again)
    Enjoyed the Ted talk posting as well and the Ants, nice writing, how true, very inspiring.

  • Thanks, Linda.

    “Mr. F” is yet another Arrested Development reference. Michael Bluth has been in a relationship and is eventually engaged to an absolutely gorgeous British woman, but is missing one important piece of information: that she is extremely developmentally delayed. That one bit of information changes everything.

    I was using it to refer to the fact that I'm worried about not fitting into my social circles, my life, my world but, in fact, I had breast cancer for 6-8 years and was just missing that one important piece of information. Ignorance is bliss.

    It's not just the blog — Mark & I have been watching and re-watching AD for years, quoting it and laughing heartily several times each day. It seems there's an AD quote for just about every situation. Luckily for us, or some days would have been without any laughter at all!

    Thanks so much for your support and for sharing your thoughts, Linda.

  • This is a great perspective, Andrea! And I absolutely believe that a positive outlook is part of the “Kicking Cancer's Butt” prescription for success! Here's hoping the rest of chemo goes well…and quickly!!!

  • Thank you, Mary Lee.

    I often think of you working (teaching!) right through all your treatment. I don't know how you did it. For me, it's been a very busy fulltime job!

    Wishing you continued good health and much happiness

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