Sixth anniversary

Six years this week, y’all. It was on April 5th, 2005, that a chest CT scan hinted that my unresolved pneumonia might in fact be a neoplasm. I didn’t actually know what a neoplasm was, and I certainly didn’t think there was even a remote possibility that as a nonsmoker I was a candidate for lung cancer.

Several days later a needle biopsy provided confirmation and I heard the unthinkable words “you have cancer”.

The rest is not quite history.

As someone who has never been NED (No Evidence of Disease), I would once again like to propose another acronym: NDY, or Not Dead Yet. There is, in my opinion, far too much emphasis placed on cure, life after cancer, and being a survivor. Many of us will never be able to speak of our cancer in the past tense, as we are instead been there, doing that.

Just as  cancer has invaded our bloodstream, it is also integrated into our daily lives. We are living with cancer.

Another way of looking  at it:  every day we do something death defying simply by surviving.

Six surprising, at times difficult, but absolutely wondrous years. And counting.

27 responses to “Sixth anniversary

  1. Beautifully stated!

  2. Congratulations on your sixth anniversary. I am so happy for you. Continue the good fight and continue to celebrate life.
    Lots of hugs,

  3. Joan Zimmermann

    Linnea- I wish the best of the best, creme de la creme, Windsor watercolour tubes, and Sennelier soft pastels. And champagne. Keeping kicking cancer keister.
    Joan Z

  4. NDY indeed.
    Thanks for the reminder and many more anniversaries to you.

  5. Dear Linnea,

    Heartfelt wishes for your continuing NDY. Thank you for all your wonerful thoughts, pictures and insights. I so look forward to reading your encouraging words.
    See you on Blueberry Hill toward the end of May.

    • Kathleen, hey, you picked the right winter to miss. It’s been unbelievable. I’ve talked to my parents and know you’re already in bloom out west. See you soon.


  6. And we’re all blessed to have you! Here’s hoping for 90 more…ya know, give or take 🙂

    Blessings to you, dear Linnea!

  7. Dear Linnea…………..I am so please to have found you! I misplaced your email address when you moved from #3 JNR. I had purchased a new computer and the transfer was a loss. I think of you so often and I am positively thrilled to learn about your journey and your success. I have no doubt that your zest for life is in a large measure responsible. A friend suggested I google you and there you were. You look beautiful as always and your story is a one of positive encouragement against any obsticle. Give my love to your family and consider yourself Hugged! My very best, Jane

    • Jane, you did your homework. Must have been your realtor’s radar, as we are just getting ready to move again (kidding!) Good to hear from you; we really miss our friends in Ipswich. Hugs back,


  8. You go gir – I have one for you KCA – Kicking Cancers ASS!

  9. Congratulations, Linnea! Keep on going! I have a feeling that cancer will soon be regarded as chronic illness that just needs to be managed.

    • Yuki, it would certainly seem to be moving in that direction. And we are part of that trend, no? Hope you are doing well.

      Love, Linnea

  10. Certainly NYD! Great slogan!
    Up to 7!

  11. Linnea, you continue to amaze me. Happy, happy, happy 6th anniversary to you!! Thanks for being out there, another light in a sometimes long night. I’ll be keeping an eye on your updates on the mutation issue. I’m considering an HSP-90 trial soon (at City of Hope) too, as acquired resistance to erlotinib is setting in. Mutations be damned!

    Best wishes for another fabulous year. Praying to the research gods for divine intervention and breakthrough!


    • Jazz, thanks so much. Let me know how that HSP-90 inhibitor goes (I’ll be thinking of you). May innovation stay one step ahead of our cancer.


  12. Linnea,
    You are so FOL, Full of Life. Keep on fighting and writing!

  13. Yay! What great news! Wishing you many more delightful springs.

  14. Had to come back to this post and ask if you have heard the song “Not Dead Yet” from Spam-a-lot, the Musical? One of my friends sang a bit of it to us today – and showed off her button. Here’s a link:

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