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What a Gift to be Cancer-Free

Updated on April 1, 2016

Celebrating Six Years Cancer Free with Friends

My sister had a big party for my six year anniversary of being cancer free
My sister had a big party for my six year anniversary of being cancer free | Source

Celebrating Six Years Cancer-Free

I felt compelled to write tonight for a couple of reasons. St. Patrick's day has always been one of my favorite holiday's-This Irish celebration holds even greater significance for me since a cancer diagnosis in 2004.

I have a bit of Irish in me have enjoyed celebrating on this day since I was young. Usually my twin sister and her two kids and I, go to a cute little home-town parade in Hopkins. The people in town always joke about how quick and small the parade is and say, "If you blink you'll miss it." It's true-it really is that fast and small but it means a lot to all of us as a community. Many of the local store owners participate in the parade and throw out candy and flyers to advertise their stores. It's a fun way of getting out of the house after a long, cold winter. It has always been tradition to go out for corn beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's day. These days, we eat at the local American Legion after the parade since this is where the parade ends. It's always so much fun to gather after the town parade and enjoy people and delicious, Irish fare.

This holiday means much more to me these days and I will forever celebrate it as my cancer-free anniversary. I was in surgery on St. Patrick's Day of 04. The day they removed a tumor from my middle lobe of my right lung. The family (Laura, Jacob and Ellie)is planning a big celebration for me tomorrow night because I will be six years cancer-free. In February of 2004, I was diagnosed with lung cancer despite the fact that I have Never smoked. It was one of the scariest ordeals I have ever faced. My faith, family and a lot of support got me through it. I know it was really scary for my twin sister Laura. I think she was afraid of the unknown and the fact that cancer might take me. We're so close that neither one of us can imagine life without the other. She is my very best friend in the world.

When Laura got divorced in 04, she kept asking me to move in with her and her kids. I had a really charming apartment in Wayzata and enjoyed my single life. I kept telling her that I would move in eventually, but just not now. She kept asking me everyday-"Linda, are you ready to move in with me and the kids yet?" I kept saying no. Then in March of 2004 when the doctor came in my hospital room and said, "I have bad news, your path report came back and showed that your cancer spread to two of your lymph nodes. You are not a stage 1A like we thought but are stage 3A. You have a 20-25% chance of surviving this within five years." I felt like I was watching a bad movie-Could this really be happening to me? On this day in March when Laura came to visit, I said: (half crying/half laughing) "Laura, can I move in with you and the kids?" Ever since that day, I never looked back and have lived here since. Now I can't imagine not living with them. My life is so rich and wonderful here. I can't ask for more-helping my twin sister raise her children. They give me such purpose! Come midnight, I am six years cancer-free. ! I would love to go tell that doctor I beat the odds.

*Have a Great St. Patrick's Day everyone* May the luck of the Irish be with you...


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My Sister Invited me to Move in after her Divorc in 2002


When Laura got divorced in 04, she kept asking me to move in with her and her kids. I had a really charming apartment in Wayzata and enjoyed my single life. I kept telling her that I would move in eventually, but just not now. She kept asking me everyday-"Linda, are you ready to move in with me and the kids yet?" I kept saying no. Then in March of 2004 when the doctor came in my hospital room and said, "I have bad news, your path report came back and showed that your cancer spread to two of your lymph nodes. You are not a stage 1A like we thought but are stage 3A. You have a 20-25% chance of surviving this within five years." I felt like I was watching a bad movie-Could this really be happening to me? On this day in March when Laura came to visit, I said: (half crying/half laughing) "Laura, can I move in with you and the kids?" Ever since that day, I never looked back and have lived here since. Now I can't imagine not living with them. My life is so rich and wonderful here. I can't ask for more-helping my twin sister raise her children. They give me such purpose! Come midnight, I am six years cancer-free. ! I would love to go tell that doctor I beat the odds.

*Have a Great St. Patrick's Day everyone* May the luck of the Irish be with you...

Definition of Lung Cancer

Definition of lung cancer according to Medical News Today:

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs; usually in the cells that line the air passages. The abnormal cells do not develop into healthy lung tissue, they divide rapidly and form tumors

© 2010 Linda Rogers

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    Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

    Truly beautiful. My kids and I are so glad your with us on this earth. You helped us heal too. Your positive attitude inspired my kids and I more than you'll ever know. The lessons you taught them is life changing.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh dear sister, you and the kids were so healing for me during those difficult months and continue to be. I know I am beating this disease because of the unconditional love you all give me. I know we talk of this often but I know that God had a plan all along. He knew you needed me after your divorce and I needed you to heal from cancer. Here I am now raising your children with you and loving every day of it. I thank God he gave me a twin sister to travel through life's ups and downs with. Hugs/Kisses twinner.

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    raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

    Healing Me as soon as I started to read this I thought this must be your sister. Wonderful news to have this behind you Twin Sis. Your story is one of hope and inspiration.

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    sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

    Congratulations on this amazing milestone! That is such great news and I am so happy for you!

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    I am so happy you are well. How wonderful to have such a loving sister by your side. I lost my sister 10 years ago and I miss her every day.

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    BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

    Very glad you are well and able to be here to help make a difference. Here's wishing you many, many, many...........too many? :0) Many more years to come. *hugs* to you my Dear.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Hugs upon hugs! You bring a smile bright and comfortable to my face. I am happy for your celebration MT!

    K9

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    raisingme, sunflowerbucky, breakfastpop, BobbiRant and last but not least, my new friend and follower who inspires me to no end. Thank you all for your precious words to me. My tears in my eyes tell you all what the support means to me. Life is such a blessing especially with friends like you. God Bless.

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    hubpageswriter 6 years ago

    Beautifully done. I hope you remain cancer-free for the rest of your life. Here's one to good health.:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks hubpageswriter for your encouraging words. Yep, I plan to stay cancer-free, too much to do.

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    ralwus 6 years ago

    Well cancer is pretty scary stuff. I am not free of it since it is incurable NHL, but I have survived it now since Sept. 1993. It has come back in my skin now, but I am not worried, I have some kind of luck I reckon. I am too rotten for god I think, but he seems to listen to my wife. Best of luck to you dear woman. Charlie

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ralwus, thank you for stopping in. Wow, you have survived this for almost 18 years. I guess it just wasn't in the cards for this to take you, thank goodness. When did it come back in your skin? Do you take any meds or undergo any treatment. I so appreciate that you took time to look at my story.

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    claudettemoran 6 years ago from Little Falls Minnesota

    What an awesome story of survival. I will have to write about my experience, because I never smoked either. My ovarian and uteran tumor was 16 pounds, which I thought was just body fat. Just by doing family history research, I did discover a great aunt of mine actually died from what I had, but she was in her mid to late 60's, with children and grandchildren. Luckily, my tumor was ONLY in the first stage, even though I let it go for three years.God bless, and thank you for sharing your awesome story!

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    Top ten gifts by the epigramman:

    1. Our health

    2. ... a bit more money

    3. Louis Armstrong

    4. Your comments on my pages of Hub

    5. Your hubs on a Saturday night

    6. Your hubs in my sleep

    7. Your hubs when I wake up

    8. Memories of my best friend and Dad who died from cancer

    9. My two cats

    10. People like you ......

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Claudette-What a miracle you are. I can't believe you had it for 3 years and were only a stage 1. What a blessing. Thanks for sharing your story and you really do need to hub this. These kind of stories are good to share. God Bless.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Epigramman-I loved your top ten. I am so humbled by your words. Here is a little tribute for you:

    Oh my sweet ole epigramman

    I must confess I'm your biggest fan

    Your writing is truly fly

    and all at hubpages hope you never say "bye"

    We count on you to uplift our day

    I think your the BEST

    What more can I say...

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    Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I sit quietly in the dark (with just the lamp on since my ceilings light is not working) and celebrate with you the gift of life. Thank you for writing this hub in thankfulness as we can be one with you in joy. Love and light to you and your family. :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you and God Bless ripplemaker for your comforting words. It sounds like a nice writing atmosphere you got going over there. Low lighting is my perfect cup of tea. It's so nice to have one of my new hubber friends visiting me. Thanks so much :)

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    So glad I came by to read this hub by you as I have just read two others of yours and had to see how long you have been cancer free. This is wonderful! For me it has been 18 years.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Susan-What a blessing that you've been cancer-free for 18 years. You definitely beat it after this long. Thanks for reading my story. This St. Patrick's Day will be seven years since they removed the tumor. My oncologist counts it differen't and goes by when they finished my treatment (radiation and chemo). Going by that I finished in October of 04 which means 6 years and two months cancer-free. I like my way better:) It's always healing to talk to other cancer survivors. I really appreciate you coming by.

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    stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    God Bless You Sweet Precious Heart. And Congratulations. You will always be in my thoughts with my family I love.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks stars. That is so sweet.

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    acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

    Stunningly wonderful and completely beautiful!

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Acaetnna-It was a scary time and I am so blessed to be cancer-free seven years now :-)

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