Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Songs

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Well, it looks as though I missed an important blog update back on March 18, which was my 2-year NED (No Evidence of Disease) Anniversary.  Yes, it is a milestone and indeed I did celebrate, but nowadays I'm (publicly) just a bit more low-keyed about such anniversaries and my experience as a Sarcoma survivor (except perhaps when in the company of other survivors or patients).  With life and work back to "normal" (and with no pending surgeries and the like), I suppose this is a natural progression.

Things have certainly gone smoothly for me (as obviously the treatment worked and I've had virtually no known long-term complications from either the chemo or the radiation).  Almost too well . . . like a part of me is waiting and wondering when the next shoe will drop.  But I don't really worry about that (not actively at least).  Instead, my attitude (for the time being) is best described the by this song:

Lee Dewyze - Sweet Serendipity


My favorite lyrics from this song include:
...
[chorus]
And I’m doing just fine
I’m always landing on my feet
In the nic of time
And by the skin of my teeth
I ain’t gonna stress
Cause the worst ain’t happened yet
Somethings watching over me
Like Sweet Serendipity
Sweet Serendipity
I don’t ask for a lot
No nothing more than I need
Because I love what I got
Don’t need to play the lottery
I just want to be strong
At the end of the road
I don’t want to hold on
I want the strength to let go
[chorus]
Don’t look fate can only find you
You can’t choose for something to surprise you
Set sail without a destination
Just see where the wind will take you
You never know when you're gonna fall
But I'm not worried
No I'm not worried at all
[chorus]

Having said that, I'm well aware that others fighting cancer are not always as fortunate.  I was reminded of this fact just a few days ago when I found out that an old friend of mine died of ovarian cancer back on February 13, exactly two months ago today.  Her story is certainly a sad one and she went very quickly.  My sincere condolences to her husband and her family.  In her memory, and for her husband and family, I dedicate the following song:

Coldplay - Fix You


My favorite lyrics from this song include:
...
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
[chorus]
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
...
Tears stream down on your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down on your face
And on your face I... 
Tears stream down on your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down on your face
And on your face I...
[chorus]

Yes, I know that song's a real tear-jerker, but it seemed to be appropriate.  Even so, let me try to pull you out of that potential depression you might find yourself in after hearing "Fix You" with the following upbeat song that I just love:

Andy Grammer - Keep Your Head Up


My favorite lyrics here include:
...
[chorus]
But you gotta keep your head up, oh,
And you can let your hair down, eh.
You gotta keep your head up, oh,
And you can let your hair down, eh.
I know it's hard, know it's hard,
To remember sometimes,
But you gotta keep your head up, oh,
And you can let your hair down, eh.
...
I'm seeing all the angles,
Starts to get tangled
I start to compromise
My life and the purpose.
Is it all worth it,
Am I gonna turn out fine?
Oh, you'll turn out fine.
Fine, oh, you'll turn out fine.
[chorus]
Only rainbows after rain
The sun will always come again.
It's a circle, circling,
Around again, it comes around again.
I say only rainbows after rain
The sun will always come again.
It's a circle, circling,
Around again, it comes around
[chorus]

I hope that you've enjoyed these songs and find encouragement from them.

You'll hear from me again mid-June with my next set of scans.  Take care!

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