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My family and I just returned from an amazing week together in the Caribbean. My Mom and I both celebrated our birthdays on this trip (mine was a milestone birthday!), but even more importantly- I also celebrated the one-year anniversary of finishing my treatment from HPV+ throat cancer. This vacation was actually a “do over” trip for us- we had planned a vacation to St John before my diagnosis, and decided to proceed with that trip last August just 2 1/2 weeks after my last radiation treatment. And while that was a great week that really helped me to relax and recover, I wasn’t able to do many of the things that I love to do on vacation- like eat, drink, swim, or snorkel. So this year I got to do all of those things and I really made the most of it! But this vacation also gave me plenty of time to reflect on how far I’ve come in my cancer recovery and set some intentions of what I would like this year to be healthy and strong.