For just about as long as I can remember, August has been a month for anniversaries. Many summers ago in a cute Lake Tahoe chapel, carrying a bouquet of blue silk roses I bought her, my mom walked down the aisle to marry the man I'd already taken to calling "dad" and make everything all nice and official. I immediately began using his last name, proudly, although it would be years later that I made the change legally.
One hot August, while my belly was full and round with my first child, my sister passed away from cancer. I had the great fortune to have seen her, earlier in my pregnancy, although I had not realized then that it would be the last time. I certainly never thought that eight years later I'd be embroiled in my own fight with cancer.
A year ago in August, I had my first spine surgery. And a year ago in August, yesterday and today were the first days I started feeling wobbly, off-balance, and a little bit feeble while walking, and thought I was having a side effect problem from taking Valium. A year ago tomorrow would be the last day I walked without an assistive device. By the end of that day, I would be unable to walk at all, and my rehab/physical therapy journey would begin.