What have we always said is the most important thing?

This week, I spent two luxurious days in my first hometown — gabbing and gobbling with my lost and found cousin, Kelly.

During our wonderfully relaxing and restorative weekend, we wandered through pockets of memories from my childhood, my adolescence, my wild university days, my young adulthood and my pre-me extended family.

It felt odd to cross paths with the many versions of me. With my lost and found cousin. In my lost and found life.

Scary stats and niggling twinges of mortality can make me antsy about the quantity of time ahead.

Drifting in and out of these memory-packed spaces reminded me that life is short at the best of times. But, more importantly, that even short personal eras can pack huge whacks of life.

Here’s to great memory-making ahead.

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.

  • Julia Ringma

    Great blog! I just discovered you through Laurie http://notjustaboutcancer.blogspot.com/nYou're about a year “behind” me in the breast cancer journey (I was diagnosed in August 2008). I also had 6 rounds of FEC – gack, just thinking about it makes me want to hurl. Interestingly, although I have blogged since 2005 about various things, I didn’t blog about this. But I did write about it, through emails to friends and family, so I wouldn’t have to update them with telephone calls. nnI was diagnosed in the year of my 50th birthday (some present) so I have decided to say “I want to be a 50 year survivor”, as I had planned on living into the 3 digits all along. And you are totally right, that surviving and thriving is possible. I just ran for city council in October (I didn’t win but never mind). We can do whatever we put our mind to. All the best.

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