We Can Rebuild Her
Better than she was before… Better, Stronger, Happier. A Breast Cancer Journal

Thank you, 2010

I absolutely adored 2010.
We were healthy, happy and together.
We had loads to celebrate. And we celebrated often.

Yet, reflecting on the year, this morning, I was shocked at its rockiness.

Where reactions and reconnections reigned 2009, 2010 was a year of overcoming obstacles. Of attempted relationship resuscitations. Of some painful — yet freeing — realizations. And relief.

It was a year of adjusting to the new me.
And of testing out the me that has been there all along.

As I reflected on 2009 and looked hopefully toward 2010, I never dreamed of the treat I had in store.

And I have high hopes for 2011.

Thank you, 2010. Welcome, 2011.

Some Zigs and Zags of our 2010:

February 6 (our 11 year wedding anniversary)

Our insurer refuses to honour my critical life and disability insurance claim.

This was a cruel and devastating blow. Not only because they robbed us but after stringing us along for 4 months but because I’d been over-insured for the twenty some years leading up to my leap from Nortel six months before my diagnosis.

April 1

Chemo ends!

And life begins afresh.

April 22

We are spared the pain of the long-awaited trial and Keith Ross accepts a Section 810 Peace Bond which prohibits him from having any contact with us for a period of 12 months..

Our world has been peaceful since.

May 20 (Mark’s 40th birthday)

The perfect storm of physical, financial, parenting and family challenges bring me to my knees.

Yet we survived.

June 15

Radiation ends.

We did it.

June 21

I take a first bite at my fear of public speaking.

I’m so glad I did. (Photo thanks to Alexa Clark.)

June 16-Sept 13

My first summer with my lovelies since Bayla was a newborn.

The most fabulous summer of relaxing, reading, biking and being with my lovelies.

August 28

Our long, long, long awaited victory celebration.

Wine, munchies and good, good people.
Pure bliss.

September 14

Back to work.

Two more days a week than I had hoped but simply grand to have an income again.

November 25

Port-a-cath gone.

Scary and thrilling.

December 22

We celebrate fifteen fabulous years of Mark Blevis.

Lucky, lucky me.

Thank you, 2010… Let’s all enjoy a happy, healthy 2011.

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

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Andrea Posted by Andrea December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm.

8 comments

  • http://neeroc.wordpress.com/ Neeroc

    That is one kick butt year! Have a great 2011.

  • janice

    Here is to a great year in 2011. nFor all of us.nHappy New Year!!

  • http://twitter.com/timcoyne Tim Coyne

    congratulations! on a wonderful – and challenging;) – 2010.nn2011 awaits.nntim

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thanks, Coreen. Congratulations on making it through yours. And hoping 2011 is much kinder to you.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you, Janice. Hoping to enjoy some real-life laughs with you in 2011 — and hoping this long-neglected parcel gets mailed out to you before then… nHave a happy, healthy 2011

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you, John. Same to you!nHope to see you at PCTO, if not before.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thank you, Tim. Wishing you a fabulous 2011

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