Thank you all so very much for the tremendous amount of support I’ve been blessed with over the last three weeks. It’s very humbling and, at times, overwhelming. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I have had old friends reach out and realized we haven’t missed a beat although it may have been ten years.
I’ve had strangers email and offer support and prayers, inspired by my approach and outlook.
My neighbors are among my best of friends. Or at least now I fully realize that.
My closest friends have been and always will be there.
And of course I’ve realized just how important a strong family is, to never take any single member of your family for granted. Every one of them is too important.
When I decided to keep a blog about my diagnosis and treatment, I knew that I wanted to accomplish a few things.
- Keep those who care updated on my progress
- Document my physical and emotional changes for myself and doctors
- Share my story in the hope of helping others
I read an article the other day about the benefits of expressive writing – basically keeping a journal, documenting your thoughts. Specifically for those a trauma or distress - the gist is that engaging in expressive writing tends to lead to feeling happier and less negative, helps us organize our experiences, and lets us see things from multiple perspectives. It’s like talking to a friend, (or in this case, hundreds of friends at once). Here is a link to the article:
So I’m going to write every day for a couple weeks in my own personal journal and see what happens. Don’t expect me to post or share all of this with you, some may be too personal, too boring, or irrelevant. I’m looking forward to this little experiment.
If and when I come across anything profound, I’ll make sure to post it. My goal moving forward is to write and post things as they come, rather than try to meet a schedule or deadline, in the interest of quality over quantity.
I definitely want to share my physical well being with you, and I will. But you know what, it is what it is… I can’t do anything about that, and you can’t either. Doing this means always looking at the past, or at the very most the present. I want to look toward the future.
What I really hope to do is share my emotional journey with you, and I believe that can and will benefit all of us. Reflection is great - and it usually helps us look forward at the same time. Whether I inspire myself or others who follow my journey, I’m looking forward to seeing what this becomes. The story will write itself, quite literally, as I move through this WITH you.