It’s hard to believe but today marks one year since we learned I had cancer. What was supposed to be a routine procedure to remove my gall bladder turned out to be anything but that. If you’ve been through this either personally or with a loved one, you know how your world turns upside down in a split second.
Today, as I look back over these past 12 months, I find that I don’t remember the bad times as much as I remember the good ones. I look at my life since April 14, 2013 and I am filled with gratitude for so many reasons. The Team Lynn motto has been “Faith, Family, Friends” and each has played such a powerful part in getting me to my one-year anniversary.
I will never find the words to thank Carl, Kristin, Kevin, Tay and my Mom for all they have done over the past 12 months as they’ve traveled with me down this challenging and unpredictable path. They have given so much of themselves to help me heal and stay confident that this disease is beatable. Carl has been my steadfast companion walking alongside me through it all. And, in his spare time, he has done everything humanly possible to understand this disease and our options for dealing with it. I am fortunate to also have an amazing extended family. Along with nonstop encouragement and support, they’ve connected us with doctors and information on clinical trials to help keep me moving forward. The power of love and family has never meant more to me that it does today.
To our friends, thank you, thank you, thank you!! Despite your busy schedules, you have been with us on this journey too. When I was so sick last Spring, you were there with dinners and countless offers of other help. Over these 12 months, your cards, notes, blog posts, visits, phone calls, etc. have let us know that we’re not alone in this battle. I was just reading through some of the messages and cards from last year…yes, I kept them. They were so uplifting. Each one brought a smile to my face and a renewed commitment to keep on moving forward.
Finally, there’s faith. Yesterday, I was at a mass of healing at my church. Monsignor Murphy said something that really impacted me. He talked about us not always getting our first choice in life; sometimes we get something we don’t want. But, that other option can turn out to be so positive. As I thought about that, I realized how much I’ve gained and grown since my diagnosis. I’ve grown in my faith. I’ve gotten so much closer to God and I truly believe He is listening to my prayers and all the other prayers coming His way on my behalf. (Thank you so much for keeping me and the rest of my family in your prayers). I’ve also gotten such a deeper appreciation for family and for friendships. For all that I’m eternally grateful.
So, as I finish up my one-year anniversary message, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of my team. You have been a powerful source of inspiration, hope and joy.