Once More Unto The Breach
Tales of my second go-round with breast cancer before the age of 40, and everything since.

For Zach

I am feeling particularly grateful for the love of my life today.

It’s the 18th anniversary of our marriage, which amazes and humbles me.

What’s even more humbling is that our parents were each married for more than 40 years, and that my mom’s parents celebrated 72(!) wedding anniversaries together.  How wonderful to think that we might be only a quarter of the way through our marriage—what joys and adventures (and, yes, what trials and tragedies) must await us!

For you, dearest, an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to your mom in April 2001, not long after diagnosis number one:

You should know that your son is the most magnificent creature on this earth and that I thank the stars for putting him in my path eleven years ago.  I will probably spend the rest of my life trying to be worthy of him.

I could have written those words today, as they are even truer now.

Happy, happy anniversary, my love, and, as my people say—so fittingly in this particular case—l’chaim!

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