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What March 17th Means to Me

Sunday, March 17, 2013

For many people March 17th is St. Patrick's day. A day to celebrate your Irish heritage and drink some green beer. For me, St. Patrick's is a bit different. . .

Five years ago today I was at work and received a phone call that changed my life. I had just been informed that I had cancer and would need surgery.

Needless to say I was in shock and the rest of that year was pretty much shot, but what has happened in my life since that day is truly amazing - at least to me it is.

First and foremost, I made it through that year and realized I needed to make a few changes in my life. The first was to get my health and strength back. Next was to rethink my priorities in life. Family had to come first. It's a shame that it took a life changing event like cancer for me to realize that work was not that important and that my job does not define who I am.

Then I found SparkPeople. I was very successful for quite a while and then some of my old habits slowly started creeping back in. (But that is another story for later).

Simply put, March 17th is the day I take to reflect on the changes I've made since that day in 2008 and where I am now. What can I do to make things better?

Today is a day of celebration for me. It may not be my official date for being 5 years cancer free, but it's close enough for me and I'm going to celebrate today with a haircut and a shopping spree.

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