Although 2017 started with buying our 1st house and career milestones, it finished with the proverbial shoe dropping. Cancer was back. When Sarah was diagnosed the first time, we were just college kids. This time around--we were adulting hard--grown up jobs, a mortgage, and most importantly--a sweet (yet impish) little toddler.
After the diagnosis we had so many questions but few answers. How do we protect Maddie's "normal life" while our own take a wild detour? And how do you prepare for the worst case scenario? The next 6 months would be very, very hard. But we persisted. And of course, Sarah's toughness persisted. She would push through daily radiation for 5 weeks. Day in and day out, Sarah would leave home at 6am for treatment and then head straight to work for a 12-hour shift. The days were long but inch by inch, she continued to fight. Never underestimate her strong will (and stubbornness).
Fast forward to 2018--we're thrilled that Sarah is cancer-free again. We didn't do it alone though--our family and friends swooped in to support us. We're forever grateful. As much as I'd love to declare cancer is gone forever I know it still lurks in the background. Rather than sit on our hands though, we're doing what we do best--taking action. We know a cure is just waiting for us to fund it. The 5K race we started in 2012 is one of our best hopes for advancing research because we know 100% of all funds raised will support research. So, with sights set on many more happy birthdays, I hope you'll join me donating some amount ending in "9" (lucky Chinese number for longevity) for research to kick cancer to the curb.