Saturday, June 11, 2011

#96: Blog it Up!

After I was diagnosed last August, I happened to stumble upon a website called Carepages. It ended up being the most influential site I stumbled upon throughout my treatment.

Carepages is a website made for patients to update their family and friends on their health status. After trying the website out on my mom and my sisters, I realized it could be very useful in keeping my family in varying time zones up-to-date. Also, it would prevent the rumour mill from running with untrue stories of my diagnosis.

I loved updating my Carepages. Not only did it give me something to look forward to during the long days of my sick leave, but it also ended up being a safe place for my family and friends to tell me how much they supported me, and ask open and honest questions about my treatment.

I loved it so much, I wanted to keep blogging after treatment was over. But the idea of blogging in an open forum scared me shitless.

In my internet perusing, I again stumbled upon another influential website, A Fresh Chapter. After reading through Terri's insightful postings, I wrote her a message telling her how much I was inspired and motivated by her perspectives. After exchanging e-mails, she discovered I was an aspiring writer, and suggested I write a guest posting for her blog while she was away travelling.

The happy result of that e-mail exchange is available here.

After having such a positive experience blogging with Terri's guidance, I decided to set up my own blog. I've been updating with positive results since March. It was a leap at first to put my thoughts, feelings and aspirations out in the open to those beyond my family and friends, but one that has so far had a big reward.

Not only has this blog been something that keeps me excited about writing and sharing, but it's also something that has improved the quality of my experiences.

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