Happiness Is…

Being Me.

It’s a month, today, since my final radiation treatment.

In these four glorious weeks, I’ve been living it up and lollygagging with good friends and good family.

I’ve grown some eyelashes and some hair.
I’ve stepped up to the scariness of public speaking.
I’ve coasted obliviously through a significant earthquake.
I’ve enjoyed schedule-free summer days with Lucy and Bayla.

I’m now two weeks into my five years of hormone therapy and — touch wood — its been blissfully imperceptible.

My white blood count is still low (I had a good cry over that news this morning). And various muscles and joints are still struggling with the effects of chemo.

But I feel like myself again — only better, stronger and happier. Really.

I am the rebuilt me.

And, with every thought and every choice, I’m working to stay that way.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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.

  • Kathy

    I start my tamoxifen on Monday. I'm glad to hear that it's imperceptible. My little grandma – who had breast cancer at the ripe old age of 80 (she had the offending breast removed and had no chemo or radiation) took tamoxifen for 5 years and had no issues with it at all (and never had breast cancer again…she died at the age of 94 from a flu that swept through her nursing home, which she had moved into just months earlier – having lived in her own two-story home until she was 92!) May we be just like her! I'm so happy for you!!!!!

  • You sound strong and full of gratitude, Andrea, and you look radiant. Receive the blessing.

    Yours in Seattle,

  • Congratulations! Such wonderful news. BTW, your PAB2010 talk was completely inspiring. Am planning a post with the video – anyone who blogs, tweets, or develops online content in general should watch it whenever they question their impact. What a fantastic message. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Ktysick

    Hi Andrea
    Congratulations on all that you have accomplished. You look wonderful. Enjoy your summer time fun.

    Love Kathi

  • Thank you, Jenny. I think of you and Faith often and send you wishes for good health and happiness.

  • I’m hoping Tamoxifen works imperceptibly and perfectly for us all!

  • Isabelle Michaud

    I don't even know how to start…but guess what…I am crying again… I am so relieved and happy to read this amazing post… I cannot know what you went through..but I knew you'd do it. Bravo mon amie, je t'aime beaucoup et je t'envoie de gros bisous.

  • steve

    Thank U.
    Enjoy the summer, and may it be endless.

  • Jay

    You did it! You are awesome and inspiring to everyone around you.

  • Thanks, Jay!

  • Thanks, Steve!

  • Thank you, Kathi!

  • Thank you, Tanya. I loved your post.

  • Thank you, Jenny! And thank you so much for your generous donation in support of my Run For The Cure.

  • Kathy, I too hope Tamoxifen is completely successful and completely imperceptible for both of us! Well — all of us. And that we're healthy and happy until we're 80!

  • So glad to hear it! My best friend is a few years out from her double mastectomy/chemo/radiation and doing awesome. I hope each day finds you stronger and feeling better and better!

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