Right from the start, the reason behind my starting this blog was for me to find support and encouragement from others out there who have traveled similiar roads as our family, and for me to share some of my husband's journey, so that other cancer patients and their caregivers/families would know that you just can't stop fighting, even when the medical experts tell you that things are not looking so great.
This past year has connected me with people from all around the world. For the most part, we all share the same concerns, the same uncertainties and the same diagnosis of "cancer". It's a scary word for sure, but with all of the modern technology and advances even over the past three years many who have cancer, are in a much better time and place to find treatments that will decrease their tumors, extend their lives and even rid their bodies of this dreaded disease.
Everyone who has been so kind to leave messages, or join my "Followers" or share in our live chat, has given not only myself, but my husband as well, invaluable information. We all share that common bond of cancer and we all need each other to help us through. I have discovered that it is only those who travel this cancer highway, that truly know how not only the patient feels, but also the caregivers and families feel as well.
One regret that I have had with this blog, is the fact that I cannot share the personal side of our story too much with my viewers, due to the fact the many who read this blog, know us personally and of course I don't want to tell the "truth, the whole truth". I don't lie on this blog and everything I've written is straight from the heart, but there have been times when I could have included other info for patients and caregivers, but unfortunately it was very personal and not for those who know us personally who for the most part, just happen to check my blog to see what I've written. I do however share personal info with my regular viewers via my email address.
I can't thank all of you enough for just being there.......your friendship has been invaluable to me and your wealth of knowledge has helped my husband more than I could ever say. The medical experts give you the diagnosis, but it's the patients who know what works and what doesn't.
During this second year, I will probably make changes...heck, I might even start another blog but I'll be sure to let my viewers know. I have plans to actually meet some of my viewers in the upcoming months who are traveling to my area and that is awesome to say the least. One viewer recently told me that I have helped bring her through difficult times this past year through some of my posts. If I have helped make anyone's difficult moments a little easier, than this blog has well been worth it and please know that so many of you have helped make this past year so much easier for me as well.
I will continue my posts soon, but it's been a busy August month so hopefully things will settle down a little during September and I will gather my thoughts once again and share them with you. I will soon plan a "Live Chat" and will email everyone of the time and date. It will be wonderful to connect with you all again!
One year later, wow! 166 posts later.....double wow!!! So many friendships formed and so many caring viewers out there who really and truly understand.