Over the Hurdle and Out of the Woods

Posted on February 18, 2014. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , |

It’s more than two weeks into my 6th decade and I’m taking time to mark the occasion. Most of my life, I’ve had a premonition that I would have to leap over a health hurdle in my 50s. The breast cancer in 2010 wasn’t bad enough so I also was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012.

The premonition also speculated that if I survived my 50s, I would live to be 88. During the weeks preceding my birthday, I was super careful. The week before my birthday, my bloodwork showed I was still in remission. I drove with extra caution. I navigated stairs with added attention. I avoided falling ice.  If the universe was going to take me out, I wasn’t going to make it easy. So as of 8 PM on January 30, when I officially turned 60, I knew I was heading for 88. I was so happy, I shed a tear. I have renewed hope for the future. Yes! I am now 60! Take that, Universe.

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6 Responses to “Over the Hurdle and Out of the Woods”

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60 is the new 30! Congratulations on this wonderful milestone. Enjoy every day of the coming decades. Kathleen Lanza

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Thanks, Kathleen. How are things on your end? Feel free to email me at emily@emilycalvo.com.

Dear, dear emily — good for you to take charge of your life and happiness.  i will see you a week from friday after returning from las vegas and phoenix where i will celebrate my 70th!!!  YIKES!!!! love, pam………………….(hi, scott)

This will be a multiple decades celebration.

yea, take that Universe!

e, you’re such an inspiration, now I’m looking forward to celebrating our 88th BDay ❤ , how awesome is that

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:18:15 +0000 To: icm1700@hotmail.com


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