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'Blue Monday' steals my 3 year Cancerversary Thunder

Hey all! Today is my 3 year sarcomanniversary i.e. exactly 3 years since I was diagnosed with Sarcoma (21.01.2016).

It also happens to be Blue Monday, which is just a rather funny coincidence - I am not feeling down about my cancer today, I am feeling positive.

Yes, instead of commiserating now having lived 3 years with cancer, I am celebrating my life (well, if you call drowning in work celebrating!).

So much has happened in the past 3 years, and cancer was (and still is) one of the biggest, most life changing events. However, I have also done and experienced so many other ups and downs since January 2016, including:

3 Christmases, 3 Easters, 3 birthdays!


falling in love;

travelling. a lot.

losing my cat;

getting a new cat;

living and studying in Rome for a year - travelling some more;

starting a blog (!!!);

losing friends;

making friends;

lots of fundraising;

appearing on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.*


It just so happens that in between all these 'normal' life events I have also had 3 surgeries, countless CTs, MRIs and PET scans, blood test and consultations, and the C word constantly on my mind. Today is not blue for me, however it is reflective. I am so glad for these past few years, for all the things I have achieved despite everything that has happened, and I am so glad I am currently of good health so I can continue to live my life to the best of my ability and make the most of what life I have rather than mourning over whatever life I may have lost.

That being said I have just had the longest, dullest most tiring Monday ever and have a presentation tomorrow morning, so it is rather blue! Just got to keep telling myself that I'm lucky to have this uni work and be able to do it... yeah... so lucky.... I can do this!!

Pep talk over.

Sending my love to you all, and cheers to 3 years!!

M x

*if you click here you can listen to my stint on radio! (skip to just over an hour in to get me!)

And click here to read about my views on Blue Monday with a post I made last year.

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