Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oh Happy Day

I'm 35 tomorrow.

I don't know really what to say besides that- because just being 35 is going to make me happier than you can ever imagine. Five short years ago, I was only given a 50% chance of living this long.

I can't tell you how happy I am that I made it. I am ecstatic. I can't tell you how good my life is. I can't express that there is nothing that I wish for in my life, because I think I have it all: great friends, wonderful family, amazing co-workers, an incredible home and a family that I look forward to seeing every day, a job that I (almost always) love. I feel like I'm closer to understanding spirituality and what my higher power wants for me than I ever have been in my life. I have fun almost every day, have the opportunity to play and remember what it's like to be a kid. I have made tremendous, horrific and wonderful mistakes that I can now see in the same light: love. I have finally learned to love and listen to my body. I am learning to feed it what it really wants. I have found friends to stick by me to the end. I have found friends whom I can share in their cancer journey and who want to share in mine. I have things I like to do and workouts that are fun and keep my mind off of things I need to keep my mind off of. I have the closest thing to a spouse that anyone who doesn't believe in institutional marriage can have. I have enough money to pay my bills and keep me in good supply of mostly-vegetarian food, as well as a cool house over my head. I know how to feel connected. I'm learning to say "no" to people and to set limits, to keep toxic people and conversations to a minimum, and to find my own way towards a more peaceful world and a higher consciousness. I am learning balance.

I am set.

I have always been set. I will always be set.

And I'm 35. Yay!

-Miss Melanoma

13 comments:

Kelly Kane said...

Let me be the first one on here to wish you a happy birthday! I enjoyed your post a lot, it actually brought a little tear to my eye... okay a little more than a little one. I strive to write this exact same post one day with a check-list of fabulous! I'm with you on trying to surround myself with positivity, life is too short to be surrounded by miserable people.

I hope you do something fabulous for yourself tomorrow! Sending you a birthday hug :)

XOXO
Kelly

Snobby Bobby said...

What an ultra awesome post! You're my angel and inspiration my baby. Happy Happy Happy Birthday monkey!!!!

I love you!!!!!!!!!!

BratGirl97 said...

Happy Birthday!! Just wanted you to know how much your post made me smile.

Carver said...

Happy Birthday to You! Great post Lori and I'm so happy that you are 35 and here's to many more.

I had a similar 50th birthday. I was surprised to have made it there. I don't even mind admitting that I hit 52 this past Wednesday so our birthdays are close to each other (if you forget about those 17 years difference,ha).

Cheers Lori and I'm so happy for you.

Bob B. said...

Happy Birthday, dear MM!

Congratulations and I wish you many more happy birthdays yet to come.

Daria said...

You sound fantastic ... Happy 35th!

Holly said...

Happy Happy Birthday Miss M! You continue to make "Living STRONG" look damn good! I'm so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, MissM! I've been thinking about you and hoping you continue to live and thrive! Good! - Joy

Anonymous said...

Oh...happy day! Happy Belated Birthday, Little Lady. Here's to 35 more wonderful years...
I wish you all the best!

Tara said...

Those last wishes were from me...my fingers were too quick.
Much love,
Tara

Tina Sullivan said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It is so good to hear how well you are doing. You deserve every bit of it.

Happy 35th!

Tina

Itsyouormenow said...

Happy Birthday!

Your blog is one of the most important discoveries I've made recently when I was looking for people that are fighting the same b*****d I'm fighting with.
It's so encouraging to see how strong you are and how well you are doing!

"sto lat!" as we use to say in Poland. (it' means "live hundred years" in free translation :) )

JB aka JayBee said...

Happy Birthday! I'll be 35 in June 2010. Here is a motto "Still alive at 35!"

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