I wanted to share with all of you that I was recently informed that Let Life Happen has been name to Healthline’s list of the Best Breast Cancer Blogs of 2017. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful and humbled I feel to receive this honor.
My deepest gratitude goes out to the team at Healthline.com who has voted for me in order to help me realize a dream.Barbara Jacoby
For those who know the back-story, I started writing this blog a few days after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. I love to write but I would never have had this opportunity if it were not for my husband, Kirk, who suggested that I might want to put my thoughts down on paper as a way to release what I was feeling. He indicated that if I wanted to do this, he would find a meaningful way to share them. We had done a project together before which is the Let Life Happen music CD that I still love so much more than I can ever say so after a bit of prodding, I finally agreed.
True to his word, Kirk dug in and created a most wonderful site that would house my weekly musings. Our goal has always been to find a way to help others and as I started to write about my experiences, I started to receive responses from people all over the world who understood exactly what I was writing because they had lived the same experiences. I can’t tell you how many notes of gratitude I received from those who were so glad to know that they were not alone in their struggles whether it was dealing with cancer or abuse. I can’t begin to assess how many questions I have answered or how many people have told me that my writings were making a difference in their lives. But, what was most amazing to me was how I was feeling about myself and how I was healing, too.
Over the years, the website has been changed and updated and each time this happened, I felt like I was beginning a whole new life and, indeed, I was in my own way. I have always continued to receive all of the support and help with everything related to the website and social media from Kirk and I am so grateful that I have made some awesome new friends who have impacted my life in ways that I could never have imagined, all while I got to do what I loved to do and that was to write.
But, the greatest reasons for being here has continued to be to give hope and to inspire others who are dealing with breast cancer and keep them updated with the latest information regarding treatments, therapies, trials, etc. to discuss with their medical teams in order to receive the best treatments for their particular situations. In addition, it helps to show those who are dealing with breast cancer that research and testing is happening in so many arenas all around the world and that with so many looking for the answers on a daily basis, there is hope for a day when breast cancer will no longer be a killer.
So, for my thinking, this award really belongs to Kirk who supported and helped me in every way possible to find a whole new life after the cancer and to all of those people who supported me through the tough times with encouragement and gratitude for my sharing with them. I was given a gift to write and to be able to share what I was experiencing and feeling was the best medicine for me. There is no way that I could ever repay everyone for what they gave to me so I want to share this honor with all of you. And, Kirk, now and always, you are on the top of the list for making Let Life Happen become one of the best. And, of course, my deepest gratitude goes out to the team at Healthline.com who has voted for me in order to help me realize a dream.