It was just a few days into the 2008 New Year when I received a call from my oncologist to let me know that my test results had indeed confirmed that breast cancer had once again been found and that he had notified my breast cancer surgeon’s office so that they could set a date for me for an appointment to schedule surgery as soon as possible. I already suspected what the outcome would be as I waited for the results from my needle biopsy but it really didn’t help me to know how to deal with the words when I heard them. As I hung up the phone, my husband, Kirk, who was by my side for the call did his best to comfort me as we both tried to deal with this news in our own ways. But, there just wasn’t anything to say.
I don’t know what the future may bring nor for how long our work will continue. The only thing that I do know is that I am so very grateful for every single person that I have encountered and interacted with as a result of this work and for the extraordinary people with whom I have had the great fortune to meet on a personal basis.Barbara Jacoby
After a few more days of relative silence as I went through the same routine of setting appointments and making arrangements for all of my personal life’s responsibilities and needs, I seemed to mechanically move through the days without having any real way to deal with all of the emotions that I was feeling inside. But, then Kirk mentioned to me that he knew that I liked to write and that he thought that I might want to put into words all of the things that were running around in my head as a way to release them in a positive way. Further, he indicated that if I would do that, he would find a way to share my writings and proceeded to create the Let Life Happen website (named after the 15-song CD that we had created together) as a depository for my musings.
Fast-forward 520 weeks of weekly postings that bring us to this day! I can’t begin to explain how this has all happened and how it has evolved into the entity that it has become that has been created to support and inspire not only those dealing with cancer but also domestic abuse in ways that I could never, ever have imagined. Every single word of the weekly blogs as well as the “In the News” daily articles that were added several year ago are carefully selected and shared out on social media with so much love and hope and desire to help anyone who might choose to read them when they are encountered.
I don’t know what the future may bring nor for how long our work will continue. The only thing that I do know is that I am so very grateful for every single person that I have encountered and interacted with as a result of this work and for the extraordinary people with whom I have had the great fortune to meet on a personal basis. I am grateful for all of the new things that I have learned over the years about what is occurring in the world of cancer that gives us hope for the future and for all of the projects that I have undertaken and have yet to begin. But most importantly, I am grateful for all of those who have been helped in so many ways by the words and the information that they have found here over the years and appreciate your letting me know what all of this effort has meant to you.
However, none of this would exist if it were not for Kirk who is the one who is truly responsible for all of this website and its success. I could have written down the words and thoughts that I had and if I were the only one involved, they would have remained unshared forever. But, he created the website and all of its updated looks over the years. He taught me about social media and its various platforms so that we could share out the work for others to access. He created the programs that have allowed for me to interact with others in a variety of ways in order to help them in ways that worked for them and he has resolved every single problem or issue or concern that I have brought to him. Therefore, it is to him that we all owe our eternal debt of gratitude for all that he has done that has made Let Life Happen the resource that has been available to all for the last 10 years. Personally, there are no words of thanks that would ever explain how his vision and work and efforts and love have changed my life forever nor that would allow for him to understand the positive impact that he has had on the lives of so many others. So all that I can offer are my sincerest thank you and gratitude from all of us.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.