Right Now . . . April 2014
Blog Anniversary Quiz Bowl #1

Throwback Thursday: The Beginning (or Getting REAL)

Five years ago . . . at the very end of May 2009 . . . I posted my very first blog post.

I was really kind of nervous about it.  I had a hard time explaining why I was even doing it.  And I didn't tell anyone about it, really.  No one I knew in real-time, that is.

Midnight Rider Fini Front

(Me.  May 2009.)

When I was finished with my chemo treatments and was beginning to process what it meant to "be a survivor" I had this incredibly strong desire to . . . become REAL again.  For me, having cancer sort of canceled out my "real life" and gave me this "other life" -- the life of a sick person.  (I had a bit of an identity crisis during chemo.  Who WAS this person who had cancer and was going through chemo?  Because . . . it sure as hell wasn't ME.)

In the months immediately following the end of treatment, I had some reflective work to do . . . to figure out who I was and how I wanted to live the rest of my life -- going forward.  One book was particularly helpful to me -- Picking Up the Pieces:  Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer.  (I still pick it up once in a while.)  Anyway, the book has some wonderful exercises and examples to help lost souls figure out . . . What now?  What next?

Somehow, out of the reading and the reflecting and a whole lot of journaling, I decided that I wanted to have a blog.  I felt a strong pull to tell my story . . . and, in the process, help me become REAL again.

I never dreamed I'd still be blogging 5 years later.  I never thought anyone else would read my blog.  Or make a comment.  Or reach out to me in any way.  (Or, heaven forbid, invite me to meet them!) 

And yet. . .

And yet. . .

Here I am.  Five years later!

Astoundingly . . . celebrating 5 years of blogging.

Please join me here throughout May -- in a month-long 5-year-blog-anniversary celebration!  On Thursdays (starting next week), I'll share a then-and-now 5 year retrospective (a little nod to Throwback Thursdays), and on Fridays, I'll give you a little blog quiz.  Answer the questions, and you'll be entered in my blog-anniversary-contest!  (One winner each week, with one Grand Prize Winner at the end of it all.)

AND . . . because I'm very near that major "comment milestone" of 10,000 comments, there will be a bonus prize for the 10,000th comment!  (This may take awhile; I'm just short of 9,500 now.)

So.  Thanks for visiting.  Thanks for commenting.  Thanks for reaching out.  

But, mostly?  Thanks for making me REAL again!


(But, wait!  There's more!)



(And, more!)

Here is the stubborn photo from yesterday . . .  of my Alabama Chanin progress!





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I'm so glad you started this blog 5 years ago. You have made my life so much richer by being a part of it. Love you!


You contacted me through Ravelry, told me about your blog and asked if I'd read it. I'm so glad you did!! It's hard to believe it's been 5 years! Sharing my journey with virtual friends has been life altering and rewarding and I know you've found it so, too. You have been an inspiring and encouraging friend and I love you for it! Thank you for coming to blogland and putting yourself out there. xoxo

Cheryl S.

I'm sure that having your blog has enriched your life. I haven't been here for all 5 of your years, but I'm looking forward to many more.


Me too! So glad to have found you as a blogger and as a friend. Lucky me. xo


Happy Blogiversary, and what a fun way to celebrate!

Thank goodness you were able to post that stubborn photo! FABULOUS!!!


I'm so glad you decided to blog. I feel like I've made a new friend even if we haven't ever seen each other in person. I guess it's kinda like being virtual pen pals.
Happy Blog Anniversary!! :)


Happy Blogiversary! Happy anniversary of finding you again. :0)

I love your Alabama Chanin work. I have just ordered one of her books.


I have enjoyed your blog a couple years now and I think this is the 1st time I've commented. Happy Blogiversary! So glad you found you and are sharing about it!


Happy Blog Anniversary! I'm glad your blog has been fulfilling for you and made you real again. Finding your blog and reaching out to you directly has already been so fulfilling to me. As I continue my personal journey, I know I can look to you and your journey for encouragement and support. Please know this blog and YOU make an important impact on my life and I'm sure the lives of many others. XO


I'm so happy you are "here".... And so happy I found your blog!

Linda in VA


Mazal tov to your father and to you for the 5 years of wonderful blogging.

And now I can't remember for the hell of me how I found your blog... oy...


Happy FIVE years...I can't believe it's been that long...and yet it doesn't seem that long. Looking forward to celebrating with you! (and best wishes to your Dad!)


I remember how hesitant you were about blogging. But I think that you do a really good job. Your posts are fun, creative, and meaningful. They help me stay connected with what's going on with you and the family even when I'm here in Pittsburgh and maybe don't have time to call everyday anymore.

I get to see pictures of the people (and dogs) I love, follow your knitting, and see the seasonal changes and gardening awesomeness going on in the place I used to think of as "my backyard."

And the journey that you have gone on through the blog is powerful and awesome.

I love you, Mom, and I love your blog. Happy Blogiversary. Keep writing and inspiring!


Congratulations on blogging for 5 years!! I've only found your blog fairly recently, but I just love it. I feel like I've gained a wonderful new friend. Happy Blogiversary!!


Like Dana, I get encouragement and support from reading your blog. Your words about identity rang so true. Emerging from that stage feels miraculous. Thank you for all the things you share....crafting, gardening, music, family including pets, resolutions and projects. Thank you again!

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