Saturday, June 5th, 2010
On keeping a sense of humor…
“I laughed – a lot.
I decided that a completely inappropriate sense of humor was exactly what I needed to get me through all of this.
I would tell my best friend, ‘Why couldn’t they have told me I have LOVEHANDLE cancer and they are going to need to COMPLETELY remove my lovehandles, with no chance of reconstruction?’ Or, ‘How come it couldn’t be inner thigh cancer? Sorry! We need to lob off a big chunk of each of your inner thighs!’
When we would go away somewhere I would tell my husband Marc that it was my ‘Make a Wish’ vacation.
Laughing was soooo much better than crying.
I did cry, and I let myself have a pity party when I needed to, but laughing helped me keep going.”
“I never really thought of myself as someone who needed a ‘wake up call.’
I always felt that I already knew what was important in life, and tried very hard to value those things.
But, going through breast cancer allowed me to experience a lot of things I don’t know if I would’ve seen otherwise. I saw my husband be a knight in shining armor and be my most fervent advocate and supporter. People were so kind and generous – it was absolutely humbling.
All those things give you perspective, you know? I think it’s hard, sometimes, to KEEP that perspective.
So now, I am almost a 3 year survivor, and I think about what little ‘nugget’ have I kept? What stays in the forefront of my mind?
I think I am aware, on a daily basis, that I want my life to be FULL.
Full of family and good friends, good food, fun trips.
Full of love, full of laughing.
I try to check myself and make sure that the things I put energy into, are things that add value to my life. It’s my own personal mission statement, and I love that.”
Angie Viscuso | 40 | Arlington, Texas | wife to Marc | mother of Olivia and Sofia | hospice social worker
Diagnosis: DCIS April 2007 | Lumpectomy May 2007 | Radiation June-July 2007 | Bilateral Mastectomy November 2007 | survivor