Friday, June 17, 2011


On occasion of their five-year anniversary today.

Anthony and Becky on their wedding day.
Today just isn't their fifth anniversary, it's a banner day in their battle against Anthony's cancer as well. It's fitting that today, a milestone in their personal lives, is also the day they got the great news that Anthony's second bout with cancer has ended victoriously. Because just a few months ago, on Anthony's 31st birthday, they'd found out that the cancer he'd survived the previous year was back, and now in a different spot.

I'm going to let Becky say it better than I can say it myself: (P.S. She doesn't know where the shift key is to capitalize. ;-) )

there's no "subject line" large enough to convey the enormity of our emotions right now... 
anthony's cancer is gone. 
the horrible chemo did a damn good job.  the tumor, originally 10 x 5 x 7 cm, is now a wonderfully puny 1 x 2 cm ball of scar tissue.  the chemo will continue to eat away at it for awhile and in time, his body will take care of the rest. 
second best news of the day:  he can have his port out as soon as possible.  looks like i'll be packing sterile gloves, a scalpel and a bottle of jack daniels for our overnight adventure tonight.
he'll have bloodwork done again in 6 weeks and will have a CT scan in 3-6 months from now.
ecstatic doesn't cut it....
and today is our anniversary.  five years ago today we vowed to be there for each other in sickness and in health.  we're very much looking forward to the health part of that equation.  :)
my incredible siblings gave us a night away at a B&B nearby (including babysitting by the infamous aunt beth & uncle matt), so we will have much to celebrate tonight.  we CANNOT wait!!!!
and a lifetime of graciousness goes out to all of you for your prayers and concern and care and love.  turns out chemotherapy and YOU ALL are a winning combination for us.  thank you so much for getting us through these past months.  thank you, thank you, thank you.
lots and lots and lots of love (and a GIANT smile),

I can't help but cry when I read that.

I think as the tumor shrunk, Becky and Anthony's love grew. They have been there every step of the way for each other. Leaned on each other, supported and cried for each other. It may sound cliche, but two cancers in two years while raising a toddler and an infant is backbreaking for so many couples. And from what I've seen, they've come out stronger.

You don't know how much I admire that. 

I love you guys and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!


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