For the last 13 years, I have posted a blog each week without fail since January 20, 2008. However, when I wrote that first blog so many years ago, I never imagined how this whole site would evolve. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without the idea and continued support over the years from my husband, Kirk, who has managed everything with regard to the site itself from the start.
“Let Life Happen is here for you but, most importantly, I am here for you. And to all that have made Let Life Happen a success for 13 years, I am indebted. And I am looking forward to making Year 14 the best one ever and with your help, it will be. Thank you always!”Barbara Jacoby
My original goal was to be here to help and support those who were dealing with breast cancer as well as those who are family, friends and associates of those who are dealing with this cancer. The support and help was then extended to those who were dealing with other types of cancer, as well, since my family has a history of a variety of cancer types. This was my focus for the first 5 years but as I read and learned more, I discovered that there was so much more that I wanted to do. What I had done for 5 years became just a beginning and not the entire package of an idea and concept that is continuing to evolve.
In May 2013, I launched an “In the News” feature on the site. It became my goal to publish each day one article related to what is happening in the world of research, new drugs and therapies, clinical trials, etc. with a focus on breast cancer. However, these articles are not limited in their scope and as I researched the news and found other new major findings in other cancer types, I found that I needed to include these features as well. If it is something that I feel can provide good information and/or inspiration, I will include it. And, in many situations, it helps to provide information that serves as a foundation for better doctor/patient discussions when determining a patient’s course of treatment.
In November, 2018, I launched a second daily feature titled “Clinical Trials” that evolved from a need to share as much as possible with patients who wanted to know about and/or were interested in joining a trial of their own. With all of the research happening in so many pharmaceutical companies, in colleges and universities and in cancer medical centers across the world, there is so much news that people wanted in order to discuss new options with their own doctors. And it became more than enough to allow for a daily posting.
In October, 2019, a third feature was launched titled “Paid Opportunities for Cancer Patients”. This service is a site to inform patients and caregivers about paid gigs from various organizations who compensate them for their input about their experiences on so many levels that can be used to help others and to identify needs. These postings appear as they are received with connections directly to each organization if a person would like to participate.
There is no way to tell you how much this work means to me but most importantly, I have to thank those who have joined me in social media and supported me and acknowledged that what I am doing is making a difference. For each person who made the choice to join one of my social media sites, I am grateful because it was not because I asked you to do so but rather because you found something of value in what I am doing and will continue to do. So please continue to stop by the Let Life Happen site to see what has been added and shared out on social media platforms each day and if you would like to contact me directly, please feel free to drop an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let Life Happen is here for you but, most importantly, I am here for you. And to all that have made Let Life Happen a success for 13 years, I am indebted. And I am looking forward to making Year 14 the best one ever and with your help, it will be. Thank you always!
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.