Next May will mark 5 years since I heard the words: “it is cancer.” In some ways the time has flown by and in others it has been achingly slow. After being diagnosed at the age of 31 (almost 32) with a 13 month old son I did not see myself with much of a future. As I endured 8 months of treatment and then tried to get back to living a “normal” life I counted each and every day. In the world of breast cancer there are those who say “if you make it to 2 years cancer free you can make it to 5 and if you make it to 5 years cancer free your odds of making it to 10 are good.” From this perspective 5 years is a long time coming! Looking at what I have done in the past 4 1/2 years though it is a blink of an eye. In this time I have come to realize that no one’s future is guaranteed. It is just that I am more conscious of my mortality than most people. I have come to see that the future is unpredictable and it is what I do with today that truly matters. This chair is dedicated to my princess; my daughter adopted 2 years after my cancer diagnosis.