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.
(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!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!
Here is the stubborn photo from yesterday . . . of my Alabama Chanin progress!