Prioritized myself for once!

AnnaLou

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Hi All!
After a lifetime of romanticizing having a truly quality jewelry piece, I finally allowed myself to get one! I got the Cartier Panthere Maillon ring with 5 rows in yellow gold. I'm sure by many people's standards, this is no big deal but for me it is truly special.

I got the ring and a nice watch (an omega seamaster aqua terra) for my 50th birthday. I turned 50 this year and celebrated my 4th year being cancer-free, so if those things don't deserve a celebration, I don't know what does!

The cancer was truly horrible. It was in my tonsil and spread to the lymph nodes in my neck. It was not from smoking, as I am not a smoker. It was just random bad luck. They did chemo & radiation on my face and neck, which caused dreadful side effects, some of which were long term. Although it was terribly painful, I couldn't find it in myself to complain because the side effects were better than dying from cancer (especially that one, as it is a nightmare). I was willing to do anything to get healthy and stay alive to continue to be around for my kids. And it worked! Despite a few lingering side effects from the chemo and radiation, I am overall fine now and honestly, just happy to be alive.

As far as spending money on something expensive, I have always either had other priorities or couldn't afford it, but now I can splurge every now and again and finally decided to make myself the priority! Not any of the things I usually prioritize - not the kids, not my husband, not a family vacation, not the pets' vet bills, not extra in the retirement fund, not extra savings, not extra on the mortgage. This was just for me! I have literally never spent this much money on myself EVER. And you know what? I don't regret it. Not one bit.

I will wait for Christmas to wear the ring but when I do, I will try to post a picture. What are your splurges where you prioritized yourself? If you have pictures, I would love to see them! :smile:
 
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Hi All!
After a lifetime of romanticizing having a truly quality jewelry piece, I finally allowed myself to get one! I got the Cartier Panthere Maillon ring with 5 rows in yellow gold. I'm sure by many people's standards, this is no big deal but for me it is truly special.

I got the ring and a nice watch (an omega seamaster aqua terra) for my 50th birthday. I turned 50 this year and celebrated my 4th year being cancer-free, so if those things don't deserve a celebration, I don't know what does!

The cancer was truly horrible. It was in my tonsil and spread to the lymph nodes in my neck. It was not from smoking, as I am not a smoker. It was just random bad luck. They did chemo & radiation on my face and neck, which caused dreadful side effects, some of which were long term. Although it was terribly painful, I couldn't find it in myself to complain because the side effects were better than dying from cancer (especially that one, as it is a nightmare). I was willing to do anything to get healthy and stay alive to continue to be around for my kids. And it worked! Despite a few lingering side effects from the chemo and radiation, I am overall fine now and honestly, just happy to be alive.

As far as spending money on something expensive, I have always either had other priorities or couldn't afford it, but now I can splurge every now and again and finally decided to make myself the priority! Not any of the things I usually prioritize - not the kids, not my husband, not a family vacation, not the pets' vet bills, not extra in the retirement fund, not extra savings, not extra on the mortgage. This was just for me! I have literally never spent this much money on myself EVER. And you know what? I don't regret it. Not one bit.

I will wait for Christmas to wear the ring but when I do, I will try to post a picture. What are your splurges where you prioritized yourself? If you have pictures, I would love to see them! :smile:
Bless you for taking care of yourself and being such a warrior against this terrible disease. So well deserved!
 

pattihansen

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I have that same ring in white gold. My husband bought it for me in Las Vegas for one of our anniversaries, we've been married for 42 years, so I totally can't remember which one. Haha. It is a beautiful ring and it really sparkles. I receive many compliments on it. Congratulations on your purchase and on your survival through a very tough cancer journey.
We are on our way to Las Vegas in about a week, so some new indulgence might be on the schedule at Cartier.
 

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Hi All!
After a lifetime of romanticizing having a truly quality jewelry piece, I finally allowed myself to get one! I got the Cartier Panthere Maillon ring with 5 rows in yellow gold. I'm sure by many people's standards, this is no big deal but for me it is truly special.

I got the ring and a nice watch (an omega seamaster aqua terra) for my 50th birthday. I turned 50 this year and celebrated my 4th year being cancer-free, so if those things don't deserve a celebration, I don't know what does!

The cancer was truly horrible. It was in my tonsil and spread to the lymph nodes in my neck. It was not from smoking, as I am not a smoker. It was just random bad luck. They did chemo & radiation on my face and neck, which caused dreadful side effects, some of which were long term. Although it was terribly painful, I couldn't find it in myself to complain because the side effects were better than dying from cancer (especially that one, as it is a nightmare). I was willing to do anything to get healthy and stay alive to continue to be around for my kids. And it worked! Despite a few lingering side effects from the chemo and radiation, I am overall fine now and honestly, just happy to be alive.

As far as spending money on something expensive, I have always either had other priorities or couldn't afford it, but now I can splurge every now and again and finally decided to make myself the priority! Not any of the things I usually prioritize - not the kids, not my husband, not a family vacation, not the pets' vet bills, not extra in the retirement fund, not extra savings, not extra on the mortgage. This was just for me! I have literally never spent this much money on myself EVER. And you know what? I don't regret it. Not one bit.

I will wait for Christmas to wear the ring but when I do, I will try to post a picture. What are your splurges where you prioritized yourself? If you have pictures, I would love to see them! :smile:
Congratulations! I am so happy for you re your 4 year anniversary of being cancer free and your milestone birthday! I cannot wait to see your action pics! :smile:
 
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