Daily Post: Grand Slam – The World Series starts tonight! In your own life, what would be the equivalent of a walk-off home run? (For the baseball-averse, that’s a last-minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory.)
This is easy, although I would rather have the analogy of a hockey shoot out, it doesn’t really make any difference, the end of the game is the same – winner!
My walk-off moment occurred last year after receiving the pathology and further testing reports for the type and stage of my breast cancer.
After the diagnosis was confirmed, the really scary part of being told you have breast cancer begins – how bad is it? The thought of how much time do I have left is ever-present but never spoken, not to anyone because they are just as scared as you are – your children, your spouse, I even think my dogs knew that something was wrong.
When the waiting was over, the tests processed and reported, I bravely met with my Oncologist who informed me with a smile that she never has the opportunity to tell cancer patients good news, but in my case, I scored a “HAT TRICK” (for those averse to hockey it is a term meaning three scores by one player in the game.) She told me, “Your stars are aligned like I have never seen in all my years of practice! You have lucky stars!“
All of my pathology tests came back to indicate that the cancer I had was not an aggressive cancer. Estrogen Receptor = 95% favorable, KI67 MIB-1 = 2% Borderline, DNA INDEX = 1.00 Diploid, HER-2 NEU (FISH) = NOT AMPLIFIED. This meant that I would not need radiation nor chemotherapy! I did choose bilateral mastectomy to keep my lucky streak going and I would take a hormone blocker for the next five years. Visits with my Oncologist would be bi-annual.
Wouldn’t you call that a HOME RUN or a GRAND SLAM or a WALK-OUT, er, um, WALK-OFF?
Or, as Charlie Sheen might once have said, “WINNING!”