Many of you know that I had been having some knee pain for the last couple of months. Like any normal person, I assumed it was from too much bicycling or that I had at worst torn a ligament or something of that nature. Unfortunately, after discovering a mass on my tibia bone in an X-ray , it appeared to be something a bit more substantial than a typical sports injury. The day after New Years I had a biopsy and last Thursday I was informed that I have cancer.
The good news is that it is stage one and is fairly small and confined to the one area of bone. The team of oncologists I have been seeing are confident that my cancer (osteosarcoma) it is both curable and treatable and have mapped out a 7-9 month road to recovery for me.
At 31 years old, I can honestly say that I never thought I would be saying that I have cancer, but here we are. While the prognosis is excellent, the treatment isn’t easy. I had my first round of Chemotherapy on Tuesday and I know that I have many more to go. Am I scared? Yeah. Can I do it? While it seems daunting, I have to believe that yes, yes I can. More importantly, that I will and I must. While I’ve had issues with confidence throughout my life, I am not ready to lay down and give up here. Failure is not an option. I will persevere and I will get though this, no matter what. After spending years being afraid to live I realize that living is the only thing I really want to do, and I will. I cannot let cancer scare me into submission. It’s time to put on my gloves and start fighting.
Since the treatments have been very time-consuming and physically taxing, I am not sure how often I will be posting content on the blog. I hope that y’all will forgive me as I need to shift all of my focus onto healing. When this is all over, I promise to be back and better than ever. Thank you all for your support this past year, I appreciate you all very much. If you need me, I will be kicking cancer in the ass 😉