Welcome to my blog. The purpose for my blog is to provide information concerning cancer and topics surrounding cancer. Since the upstart of my blog, more and more information is available online. I hope my blog might be your one stop in directing you to the information you are looking for.
I also want to bring to your attention a valuable resource on the side bar. I linked other Christian cancer blogs that are cancer specific. When I was in treatment I followed a CaringBridge journal, similar to a blog, about a woman who had lymphoma and was one year ahead of me in her treatment and recovery.
Wendy was my “in the trenches” support, she was so very valuable to me. Not only did I read her journal, she was kind enough to call me occasionally to see how I was doing. In the midst of my storm, Wendy was the ever bright, blinking lighthouse and alerted me to what was coming ahead, and what did come was more fierce than the storm I was already in.
I am in contact with a few of the blog authors. I find their stories compelling and one blog in particular, thought provoking. I am so impressed with their approach to their cancer diagnose and treatment, and for some, recurrence, that I asked a few to be a guest author – I know they have nuggets of encouraging and uplifting truth to share with us.
During my treatment and recovery I kept a CaringBridge journal documenting the highs and lows of my journey. The link to my journal is found on the side bar. I prefaced the journal with an “introductory” page giving the reader an overview of my CaringBridge journal.
If you are interested to read more about me and my cancer journey on my CaringBridge site, please click on the link to the right. I highlighted a few of what I consider my milestone entries by including the date and page where you can read about that account. What follows here is a copy of my introductory page.
I thank you for your readership. It is my goal for this blog to grow with more articles, information and resources. If you have any suggestions, you may send me a comment by clicking on “Your voice . . . contact me”.
The introduction to my CaringBridge Journal
- Entries of interest
- “A Bit of Anger”, December 7, 2008, pg. 6
- “Going Home”, December 9, 2008, pg. 69
November 5, 2008. Proving I can do it! I face my auto stem cell transplant by a personal challenge of 1/4 mile jog!
March 2, 2009, pg. 78 – The accounts of my unexpected, erupting emotions I experienced after coming home. I never anticipated the lostness and confusion I felt in the psychological aftermath of cancer.
March 14, 2009. My best four-legged friend, Madaline.
July 17, 2009. My first Relay for Life event with my cancer support group.
One of many post treatment blood draws. My son, Chad, just happens to be a phlebotomist.
Book III – Depression
December 30, 2009, pg. 94 – PTSD. My time with my therapist, Sally, who helped me with my internal search and the healing of my pain and hurt from my unexpected journey with cancer.
- Entries of interest
- “Sorting It Out”, December 30, 2009, pg. 94
- “Disguising My Pain”, January 5, 2010, pg. 94
- “Integrating My Life Into the Balance of My Future”, February 2, 2010, pg. 95
- “Hold On. Don’t Let Go or Give Up. Just Hold On.”, February 10, 2010, pg. 97
- “Tapestry”, August 26, 2010, pg. 103
Wendy and I meet! March 23, 2010
The Grand Tetons,Wyoming, August 7, 2010. Mark and Gail Mizu and Dale and I.
“Tapestry”, August 26, 2010, pg. 103, CaringBridge journal
Book IV – Living Again
April 12, 2011, pg. 105 – Advocate of Hope. My purpose and my call, an advocate of hope.
- “Sailing”, June 23, 2011, pg. 105
I will periodically write an update in my CaringBridge journal about my continued remission and my hope to hear the word, “cured.” My new project is this blog, The Voice. I am thankful that I love to write and I love to research, now I have a real purpose to do both!