Monday, October 27, 2008

Context for the messages

I'm setting up this blog a bit "after the fact" in response to requests from folks to read all the messages. This is my first time blogging and my first message on it!

Two years after I was diagnosed and treated for DCIS (a very early form of breast cancer), I was diagnosed with colon cancer. With two young children, I was not excited about going through surgery, chemo and everything those would bring into my life. But, for some things, there is no way around them, only through them. So we moved ahead.

At first, I didn't want to tell anyone. Everyone had been so supportive through my DCIS, I didn't want to show up again all, "Hi! It's me again! Cancer vixen!" It also felt a bit like I was crying wolf.

Then a friend of mine, who also had cancer, noted that
1. This is not "crying wolf." This IS wolf.
2. People cannot help if they do not know what is going on

So, I slowly started to tell people.

I continue to be amazed by the support we received. It came from places I never would have guessed or have thought to ask for. I am also amazed by the reactions we received. Though there are some reactions that made me uncomfortable, those were truly few and far between. People were incredibly supportive and positive and did not make me feel pathetic.

In this blog are the messages that I sent to a growing support system as I went on this wild ride. I appreciate and relied on all the support I received, and felt so blessed as I traveled along.

I learned that there is just alot of love in the world.

Hope all is well with you, and happy reading!