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Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.

I count myself very lucky that even though it has been unbelievably uncomfortable and stressful, that each mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy have been negative for cancer. I also count myself lucky that despite having the most annoying and spastic esophagus, I don’t have alchalasia, which is when the gateway between the stomach and the esophagus no longer functions properly and food doesn’t get pushed into the stomach and instead gets regurgitated, the tests that I went through to find out the good news, took an entire weekend, that alone was a tad surreal, but it was good news nonetheless.

These are just two bullets that I have most recently dodged, I have to say that while you are going through any stressful situation, it just plain stinks, it’s only after the bullet has been successfully dodged, that you can look back and either view it with humor or at least minimize it so it becomes manageable. Either way it is far better than to keep reliving the stress of it all.

I’m happy to see it as more adventures to write about, medical procedures can be awfully interesting, especially if you have ever had aspirations to become a nurse or a doctor and you aren’t queasy around bodily fluids. Thankfully I fit the bill and I am sincere when I say that I am grateful that I am not in the least bit queasy and I have a great deal of interest in medical procedures because that has gotten me through so many.