It has been awhile since I last posted, so what better way to kickstart my blog after a busy Summer is to take up The Summer Blogging Challenge from Nancy at nancyspoint.com . I may be a bit late to the party but technically we are still in the Summer season, right?
1. How long have you been blogging (or reading blogs)?
I started my blog in February 2017 with much trepidation. It took me awhile to take the leap for various reasons (in other words, nerves!) but also I wanted to be sure that I had recovered from my last bout of treatment.
2. How has your blog changed?
I like to think that my blog is like a magazine with a variety of topics, some serious others personal. Another aspect is how I dealt with all side effects of chemo plus other issues like getting back to work after treatment. This past year I may have focussed more on personal blogging as my mother died suddenly in October 2017 and at times I felt like the grief would consume me. Thankfully I am feeling a bit more accepting but I am not looking forward to this Winter.
3. What is your biggest blogging challenge/frustration?
Similar to Nancy at nancyspoint, I am finding it difficult to find time to write my blogs, this Summer being particularly hectic.
4. What is your favorite post that you’ve written (or read)?
5. What are your goals for your blog? (Why do you read blogs?)
My initial goal for creating a blog was to support people newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with a focus on triple negative breast cancer. When I was diagnosed with my local recurrence in 2013, all I could find on the internet was stories of gloom and doom. I wanted to provide hope for people starting off that even though the statistics aren’t positive, that one can still live a good life.
6. How many blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I am not sure but I have gotten to recognise a good few bloggers in the breast cancer online community. Marie Ennis-O’Connor’s Weekly Roundup on www.journeyingbeyondbreastcancer.com is a great way for people to catch up with what is going on their lives. I liken it to sitting down with my virtual Sunday newspaper with a nice cup of tea.
7. How do you determine what to share and what not to share; in other words, do you have blog boundaries? (or comment boundaries)
I usually share anything that is cancer related, bereavement otherwise other aspects of my life are private. I don’t share any photos of my spouse or children, for example.
I8. When things get hard, what keeps you blogging (or reading blogs)?
I have found that even though my initial goal was to support others going through this minefield of cancer that the return is far greater than I could have imagined.
9. What is your biggest Cancer Land pet peeve today, right now, this minute?
Meeting an old work colleague who says “ You look so well!. It is well for you not having to work anymore!” ” So and so is back after her treatment and she is doing great!” I could spend the conversation trying to remember the person’s blinking name or keeping up with the conversation that all I usually reply is “ Yeah, it’s great isn’t it!” Simply because I couldn’t be bothered explaining myself.
10. What one piece of advice would you offer to a new blogger?
Be yourself and enjoy the ride!
11. Share something most people do not know about you. A secret sort of thing.
Only my family and one friend knows about my blog and I wouldn’t let my friend read it! That is how private I am! Weird isn’t it?
12. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Family time, reading, walking. I love walking in nature as I spent many years cooped up indoors when working. I love going to the hairdresser as getting my hair washed is like a spa day for others. Visiting new places. Day trips with the children. Meeting friends. Going to matches to watch my children and our local team play. Museums. Art galleries.. The list is endless!
That’s it folks and thanks to Nancy for setting the challenge! Until next time…