I am bonezrodriguez, a 40-something spoiled rotten ex-Floridian. I like to knit, read, watch TV and movies, cook, and write. I live in Virginia with my husband The Tall Man where I participate in all my 'likes' as much as possible.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2008, and was faced with the most basic of instincts: fight or flight. I could have curled up into a ball and given up, spending my days in denial or awaiting my death. Or I could go into "kick-ass" mode and fight with everything I have. I chose to fight.
After four months of intensive treatment, I anxiously awaited the 2-year mark that would signal remission. Instead, in July 2010, I was re-diagnosed, only this time my cancer was metastatic: it had spread to my lymph nodes, and later to my bladder. This means that for the rest of my life, I will be engaging in some sort of fight against cancer, and the chances of remission are slim.
The most important facet of my personality is that without trying, I'm going to find the bright side of any situation. Because I have a large geographically diverse group of family and friends, it was important not only that everyone get the same information, but that they get that information with my attitude. Straightforward, sometimes brutally honest, but always with my brand of optimism and positivity.
Because cancer may control my actions, but it will never control my outlook!