Did I? Did that really happen, to me, of all people?
Over four years of complete and utter crap – pun intended – and that’s not even counting the fight I’ve had against Crohn’s Disease since I was 15 years old. I no longer know a life without illness. A life of “normality”. An everyday person’s “bad day” would probably be one of my good days.
Anyway, 2017 was a complete sh*t show – literally. However, entering 2018 I felt I had a new lease on life, it genuinely felt like things were improving and we were getting on top of everything, in particular the infection that tried to kill me over the Easter long weekend last year, and has seen me on daily antibiotics for almost a year now.
I even had the words “you’ve got this” tattooed on my arm the day before my birthday in early January. I wanted and needed that constant reminder that yes I do indeed have this under control.
5 January 2017 I spent my birthday in bed, unable to move, slowly fading away… what a difference 1 year makes!! 5 January 2018, boy did we make up for that!! So thankful I made it another year, I had an amazing day with my incredible family & I’m very grateful for all the lovely messages I received yesterday, THANK YOU???? #fuckcancer . . . . . . . #nofilter #youvegotthis #hope #birthday #hahndorf #adelaide #samanthawills #thehorse #buttwhysherie #bowelcancer #invisibleillness #tattoo #runwayscout #linen
I can’t even accurately convey to you the level of mental toughness that you need to fight cancer. Physically, the human body is amazing when it comes to healing itself after such trauma. Yes we still endure many life-long side effects however, if you saw me on the street you would have no idea I am fighting cancer, Crohn’s disease and chronic infection. If you had a conversation with me, I will rarely bring it up.