Months To Years Fall 2018 Months To Years Fall 2018 - Page 64

Through the Fire By Michelle Mindlin It is February 3, 2018, and tomorrow is my birthday.  It was terrifying.  And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, is also now a national holiday.  It didn’t used to be, but and I thought I had done a lot of hard things. over the years, the Super Bowl has crept ever closer, and now it has finally arrived, stealing the spotlight and Like wiping my father’s ass when he was dying of cancer. making my birthday somewhat of an inconvenience.  I’m Like moving my mother back to Los Angeles when she was kind of bummed about it, but I also feel like there’s a lot dying of cancer. Like sitting with my older sister during her to celebrate, because I am a big football fan.  But I am treatment for two different kinds of cancer. Like beating an even bigger fan of my birthday, for obvious reasons.  I ovarian cancer myself seven years ago. mean, here I am, alive and kicking.  But there was a time, quite recently, when that wasn’t such a foregone conclusion. Detecting a theme?  But none of those experiences came close to what I did last year. You see, I almost died last year.   It wasn’t pretty.  It wasn’t fun.  It wasn’t mystical.  It wasn’t even inspiring. What it was, was a shock.  It was a fight.  It 64   I had beaten cancer rather handily back in 2010. There were side effects from the chemo that took forever to overcome—chemo brain, neuropathy, fatigue—the usual