After three days of IV steroids, Solumedrol, and one day of chemo, I woke up and took a deep breath. I felt the air enter my mouth, then my throat and then, as my chest puffed out, I felt it seep down, down, down into my chest. It made it’s way through my lungs and I could feel it enter each and every nook and cranny. It felt like this breath had no ending. I just kept breathing in and the air kept traveling further and further into my body. It felt cool. Like when you open your mouth and take a deep breath after popping a minty piece of gum in your mouth. I didn’t realize my breathing had been affected by the tumor and for the first time, I could breath…deeply. I don’t remember my first breath at birth but if I had to guess, it would have felt like that. And, boy did it feel good.