Sunday, May 20, 2012

#78: Mark Even the Smallest Milestones

When I was in treatment, time couldn't have flown fast enough. It's a wonder I made it through each grueling, painful, invasive and drawn-out chemo or radiation treatment. Despite how hard those eight months were, the only thing that made it possible was making sure the small achievements were marked with even the most minor acknowledgement. Being half way through my eight chemo sessions meant a nice dinner out with my boyfriend, being done all eight warranted a bottle of champagne, and finally being done all my treatments meant a night out on the town with drinks and close friends.

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! 

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