Happy Belated Spring and A Cancer Journey

I want to wish everyone a belated First Day of  Spring!! Since I was a little  girl, I loved the first day of Spring, it's one of my favorite seasons. For me, it's a sign of new beginnings. The flowers start to bloom, days are getting longer, the birds sing a little louder each morning and the air has a fresh scent.

This spring has a very special meaning for new beginnings. I want to share a very special private moment in my life in hopes to help and advocate for early cancer detection. My apologize for this post being long.

In November my mom had commented about sharp pain near her eye, then notice a new brown spot shortly after. Now some might say it's just an age spot, but we thought to get it looked at.
Her Primary Care Doctor referred us to a dermatologist who performed an exam and biopsy. To our shock the biopsy revealed melanoma cancer. It was excepted to be a Lateral melanoma, which mean it spreads on the surface rather than growing deep. Because of the type and the location so close to her eye it would require a specialist to perform the removal, which lead us to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for a further diagnosis.

Yesterday we meet with the surgeon who's to perform the surgical removal. It was indicated that we caught the cancer at the very early stage, therefore it did not have a chance to spread or advance. I know we're not out of the woods until she's on the road to recovery, but this was very good news. I want to share this message of early detection. If you see something ... Do something ..... Get it looked out.

So on this first day spring, this year has a very special meaning of new beginnings for me.
During this cancer journey I've leaned some lessons:

Patience ~ Learn to have more patience... You'll need it when trying to navigate through the Hospital/Doctor system, it moves soooooooo slow. Have Patience for one another too.

Persistence ~ Be aggressive with the care of your loved ones. If you don't understand something, make them explain again until you do. if your not happy with the Doctor.... Change to another.

Laughter ~  Find humor in each day, sometimes it's the best medicine. We find ourselves laughing at some of the silliest things.

Anger ~ It's OK to get angry... Don't apologize for it ... Release it. It will help you better cope with the next challenge.

Gratitude ~ Be of a grateful heart. I'm very grateful that my sister and I are able to help my mom through this process. Grateful she healthful , grateful for family support .

Until next post, enjoy Spring !