five years today
Today August 21st marks five years cancer-free since my second stem cell transplant. In the transplant world, this is my 5th birthday. Perhaps more significantly, it marks the traditional milestone at which the original cancer's likelihood of returning is believed to be practically non-existent. Some interpret the crossing of this threshold as "being cured."
During the thick of my treatment and in the first few years afterwards, five years post-transplant seemed liked a long time away. But it's here.
This past Friday night, I went karaoking with my sister and a couple of friends. While I'm always reved up for karaoke, I think I was especially so this time in part because of the milestone approaching. While I didn't share this sentiment with anyone that night, singing and dancing in celebration felt liberating.
While I myself didn't really do anything to have reached this five year mark, there is no doubt that I wouldn't have made it without the help of so many others, in particular my medical staff, donor, family and closest friends. I know that this is as much a victory for them as it is for me.