Fast forward 24 years, and I'm successful, very happily married, have a family and friends and plenty of good things in my life ranging from art and music to a good job etc. I've very recently gone through a bout of cancer, with surgery and radiation behind me and a half-decade of Tamoxifen therapy ahead of me. I've had ridiculous numbers of other health problems ranging from after-effects of a car wreck to rare conditions such as bile reflux gastritis. I take handfuls of medication each day, and live with not too much pain on a regular basis. I'm even back in touch with several people from my hometown.
The assorted surgeries for the car wreck injuries and cancer and other conditions have been difficult. It is complex feeding me - between food allergies and the medication schedule for the bile reflux, I have to be very careful with when and what I eat. Radiation was extremely difficult, and I'm not finished with all of its effects yet.
I'll tell you, though, compared to depression, cancer is a cakewalk.
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