Here is my favorite gift from this Christmas: a gold medal.

Gold medal front from Todd to Beth, Dec 2013

I had been thinking that 2013 wasn’t my most productive year and I couldn’t think of anything I had done  to deserve a medal, but then I turned it over and started to cry.

Gold medal back from Todd to Beth, Dec 2013

November 21 was the second anniversary of my diagnosis with triple-negative breast cancer. It’s not quite as good as the second anniversary of the end of treatment, but I’ll take it. And here’s the guy who gave it to me.

Todd with stocking Betty made, Dec 24, 2013

He’s sitting next to our tiny tree decorated with as many ornaments as its wimpy branches would hold, displaying the stocking his mother made for him, um, just a few years ago. All the sequins in the children’s costumes were sewed on individually. Unfortunately, he got the flu for Christmas, which put a damper on things, but here he’s doing his best to look cheerful.

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  1. Dorothy Partin December 29, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    What a creative gift, Todd! Way to go, Beth, for earning the gold medal! Those of us who have not experienced that journey will never know what you went through. So glad your recent MRI was clean.

  2. Barbara December 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to you Beth on your strength & perserverence and for having hooked up with the right kind of man!

  3. Sybil January 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Wow Beth what an incredible gift! Hope you and Todd both had a restful holiday–it’s been quite the 2 years for you two!