So, you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and you are facing a double mastectomy and reconstruction along with a parathyroid/thyroid surgery at some point. What do you do? Yes, I did go to Disneyland. But, if you are me and you have the most supportive and awesome husband imaginable, you start writing a weekly blog. You see, Kirk kept nudging me to write about my experiences and he promised that he would create and manage a website for me where I could write about anything that I wanted and he would take care of the rest.
I must say that this would never have reached this 4-year anniversary if it were not for all of the wonderful people and all of the support that I have received from the social media community. There are so many people that I have met initially on Facebook and Twitter and even MySpace who will be friends forever.Well, I thought about it long and hard for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t imagine what I had to say that would be of any value to anyone else. If anything, it felt more like a matter of self-indulgence than anything else. But, I finally gave in.
Today is the 52nd blog for year four. Through a total of 4 surgeries for 6 separate procedures, we never missed so much as 1 weekly blog in all of that time. I am feeling so very proud of that accomplishment and the commitment that it took to make it happen, not only on my part but also on Kirk’s part. But, I must say that this would never have reached this 4-year anniversary if it were not for all of the wonderful people and all of the support that I have received from the social media community. There are so many people that I have met initially on Facebook and Twitter and even MySpace who will be friends forever. I have been invited into so many homes and lives that I would never have known if it were not for so many wonderful experiences that I have had in the cyber world. And if it were not for Kirk’s gentle prodding, there is no way that I would have become a part of the social media world.
Therefore, as we kick off year 5 next week, I was trying to think about what I could do in order to recognize some of those wonderful people who have been so special and supportive to me and for whom I am so very grateful. As a result, I have created the “Gratitootie Award” that will recognize each week one very special person who has made a difference in my life. I am looking forward to recognizing these people who may not even realize what a difference they have made by sharing their own special story or who may have provided support in ways they may never have even realized.
I know that I will never be able to acknowledge every single person for whom I am grateful and I am sure that you may also have special people whom you have met as a result of their connection to the social media world that you would also like to acknowledge so please stay tuned for further details later in 2012 to find out how you, too, can have those people to whom you are so grateful receive a Gratitootie Award.
As for me, I would love to thank each and every person who has become a part of my cyber world and to let you know what a difference you have made. If it were not for you and this most wonderful opportunity to share here with you, I know that my life and my future would never have had the most fabulous outlook that I am visualizing. You have given me a purpose that I would otherwise never have known and a venue for sharing that has allowed me to know that I am not alone in my experiences and what I have shared has made a difference for all of use. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.