The only thing that made treatment bearable was knowing another milestone was just around the corner, and that if I could make it to that, the milestone after that was within reach.
Interestingly, the same is true of life after cancer and I'm sure life without cancer. After finishing my winter semester of school, I bought myself a new ring, and more recently, treated myself to a cupcake after starting a new job just last week. With each small celebration, I feel like I've achieved something. Even the smallest accomplishment can make everyday obligations seem less burdensome.
If it weren't for the everyday successes, the big picture goals would be too much for me to handle. And this week, I get to celebrate a slew of small successes by flying off to California for a whole week of milestone-marking!