April 18 an important anniversary! 22 Years and Counting!

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

John Lennon

Tomorrow, April 18,is an important anniversary for me. On April 18, 2000. I did not know that quote from John Lennon when they were wheeling me into the OR at Mt. Sinai hospital for seven hours of surgery to remove colorectal cancer. But here I am 22 years later and so although it was not OK, at the time, it was not the end.

I was reworked and rewired and I now have a permanent colostomy. I can officially say I am a “bag lady”! If you or anyone you know is faced with this tell them, from me, it is a minor inconvenience. And without it I would not be here 22 years later riding my horse, seeing my children grow up into independent adults, seeing my Grandson arrive in the world and enjoying my life. I have tremendous gratitude for the two teams of surgeons who worked on me and the nurses who looked after me for the 10 days I was in hospital. I am grateful to be alive and to be well.

Out on the forest trails with Biasini
Biasini and me and the Oakcrest horse show support crew.
Covid masks on for watching the hockey game. My husband, Grandson, and son in law.
My Son and Grandson in their Celtic FC shirts
My family on my daughter’s wedding day 2018. Our son, my husband, me, our daughter, our Grandson, son-in-law and his two daughters.

My word for this day is: GRATITUDE

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Truly an important date Anne. I do not know i missed all these posts for whole last month. But delighted to read this particular one. Lots of love and wishes to you on this.

    Narayan

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    1. anne leueen says:

      No worries I just thought you were travelling.

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  2. Marsha says:

    Congratulations on such an important anniversary. You look fabulous. Our sister-in-law was just diagnosed with colon cancer after a routine colonoscopy in which they perforated her colon. She’s been a sick lady for about a week but is doing better. Your post gives me hope for her. My father and grandmother both died of colon and liver cancer, so I know it is nothing to mess with. I’m so glad you had such wonderful surgeons. I think your healthy lifestyle helps too. Lots of love and hugs for such an important date.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Marsha!

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    It’s such an achievement, well done. I had a work friend who used to say that quote too, I didnt realise it was John Lennon. It helps back then too.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Emma. That quote just turned up the other day in something I was reading and I thought it applied well to my anniversary.

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  4. I’m really happy for you Anne! You are a strong lady with a beautiful family, including Baisini 😉🐎

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Ribana!

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  5. Diana says:

    Happy anniversary! You are an inspiration, and we are so blessed and lucky to have you here sharing all the wonderful things in your life! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana.

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  6. J.W.S. says:

    Stay strong. You are an inspiring person with a brave choice and active life. By the way…very nice image of you and friends.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I appreciate your comment very much.

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  7. Anne, you’re an awesome role model, cheers.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robert! I appreciate your comment.

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  8. Happy anniversary dear Anne, we are all so blessed and lucky to know you 🌺

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia for this very kind comment.💕

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  9. Eloquent and inspirational. We are all fortunate to have a world with you in it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Sascha for this kind comment.

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  10. Anne Sandler says:

    Happy Anniversary Anne! I’m so glad you’re here to love your family and ride Baisini. I know how you feel. I had heart surgery for a mitral prolapse in 2009. My heart now has a plastic that helps close my mitral valve. I’m fine now and leading a normal aging life. Take care.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well, you know how it feels to be grateful to still be here Anne. We are fortunate. Take care !

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  11. Amy says:

    Inspiring, indeed! Great message you are sharing!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Amy. I am glad it might help some people.

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  12. de Wets Wild says:

    What a wonderful anniversary to celebrate! Congratulations!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I am very fortunate to be here and able to celebrate it!

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  13. Congratulations on this auspicious anniversary, Anne. The medical team obviously took great care of you. Great quote…kind of a pun, no? This post shows the hope of surviving colorectal cancer, and how you are able to live with the results. Very inspiring. All the more reason to take our various cologuard tests yearly!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes the testing is important. I was just 50 when the found the tumor. I was lucky they immediately got it biopsied and set about arranging surgery to remove it.

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  14. J.W.S. says:

    Blessing to you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you very much. I appreciate your blessings.

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  15. VJ says:

    What a wonderfully inspiring post, Anne. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome VJ.

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  16. Tina Schell says:

    Well Anne, you made my day with this one. Your perspective is so spot-on and its proof is in the many years you’ve had with your beautiful family (and as importantly in theirs with you!) A wonderful and important message for us all.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Tina. I appreciate

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Appreciate it. Send acted too fast.

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  17. Rupali says:

    An inspirational post, Anne. Stay blessed.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Rupali💕

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  18. myrosagirl says:

    Happy for you and your family that you are still here you made such a brave decision. And your horses are also happy to have you ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this kind and suppoetive comment.

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  19. Vicky Earle says:

    You are an inspiration!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Vicky. You would do the same and I also believe that having horses in our lives makes a huge difference when facing these challenges.

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  20. A brave choice. You are an inspiration.
    Lovely post!

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