Most posts rattle around in my head for a while before I write them. Some, never get written. This one has been in my head longer than any of the others but I had to wait. I was worried about how to write this and my mother told me . . . Just say thank you.
Starting off, I am not leaving, I am not burnt out, this is not a farewell speech. It is me thanking you, all of the Eve community for what you have given me these past three years, whether you know it or not. You are still stuck with me.
Three years ago I was diagnosed with Cancer. Bladder, initially.
Being Canadian that did not mean a HUGE financial burden but it did mean I had to stop working as the treatments started. I actually was at the doctors doing paperwork to get a leave of absence on the day I was elected to CSM8.
Best thing that could have happened. Eve, you guys, kept me sane. Gave me a place to go when I was exhausted (and that is one of the things I have been, a lot). Gave me something to focus on and took my mind off of what was happening in the rest of my life. I told a few people but mainly kept it quiet because I never wanted it to be an excuse or part of the game politics. I told CCP and CSM members and they all were supportive and understanding. So were the rest of you, you just didn’t know it.
I won’t bore you with tales of treatments or the second ‘shadows on the x-rays’ which is a term you learn to fear. Some time, if we are out for beers and you really want to know I will tell stories that will make you cringe, laugh, and feel glad that you are healthier than I am.
No, this is me, saying thanks. To people who play with me, yell at me, laugh and argue with me. Who let me hotdrop podcasts or take over conversations. Who voted for me and even the ones who didn’t. You all helped me far more than you will ever know.
So why do I post this now? Well last week I had another checkup and the doc says I am close to done all the treatments (One more set in March). I won.
gotta savour that
I won, with your help. Your support was there when I needed it. I beat Cancer. Oh, it may come back but I won.
so I am taking my mothers advice
Thank you, one and all.