Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Beginning

Hello ... and welcome to my blog . I am Wendy and you are??? I wonder who you are ? Where are you from and what brought you to by blog .... Regardless .... I Welcome you !!!

I am 28 and living here on Long Island, NY. I am from an Italian background ..both of my parent s were born there and then moved here to the USA. I grew up with a big extended family ,... I believe we are 13 first cousins ..I started losing count (haha) . I have one younger brother , who studied and works in the aerospace engineering field. I on the other hand went the medical way.... I finished medical school last year and am working on getting back on track to start residency for next year' 07. I will be pursuing pediatrics . Its the lesser evil of the fields in medicine.
Lets see ...what else can I say about myself ??? hmmm.... Its kinda of strange to start this blog since I have never done anything like this . I feel it would be a good way for me to open up and share my stories and perhaps even relieve some stress.....ahhhh
I had a crazy year last year and I have soo much accumulated stress that its lasted me a whole year and then some. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. ( if you dont know what this is ...its a cancer that affects lymph nodes , you know the stuff you feel in your throat that gets swollen when you have a bad sore throat) I guess that is my best lay way of describing it. Any how ...I was diagnosed Dec 04 and was told I would have to do 6 mos of Chemotherapy. You have probably seen those images where people lose their hair , eyelashes , eyebrows . That was me ! I went through hell and back and hell and back ! I cant even begin to explain the ordeal , the pain, the suffering , the trauma, the shock , the agony one goes through with such a disease. Cancer! Cancer such a scary word never spoken in my family thank god until my diagnosis. The good thing is there is light at the end of the tunnel. My cancer is what some physicians call curable (in that once it goes into remission you rarely see it reappear) ** My fingers are staying crossed* . They say if you had to pick one cancer to get this is the best one . ! I dont know how one can say such a statement but oh well. The cancer has been in remission now for 1 year . I finished my chemo in 05 and have been doing well since ...considering everything. My life had to be placed on a hold a bit but I guess thats ok since i am still alive. I wasnt able to start residency with all my fellow classmates , and I had to postpone my wedding til 2008 but other than that I am ok.
I guess I just wanted my career to start ... I was in a rush to start working and all but while writing this blog I realize even more how great it has been to take a break from everything ...and just enjoy life. Life is not a race . Its made to enjoy , savour moments, be happy and not always think about the future. Sometimes life has little adventures in store for us that we dont plan and we need to just stop for a second and enjoy what we have around us.

1 comment:

Teddi said...

Hi Wendy, it was such a pleasure working with you! I posted a few images of you in my blog. You ended up being the subject of my "masterpiece" image :).