This week I received notification that Let Life Happen was voted by the editors of Healthline as 1 of 23 of the best Breast Cancer blogs of 2012. I can’t tell you how excited I was. After writing this weekly blog for 4 ½ years, I was being recognized for my hard work. And then I started laughing out loud at myself. This has never been just my blog. It has always been a team effort and I need to acknowledge the other half of this team.
For those who know the back story, I started writing
This has never been just my blog. It has always been a team effort and I need to acknowledge the other half of this team.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 write this blog and he would be responsible for the design and postings of all that was necessary to create and maintain the website. We had done a project together before which is the Let Life Happen music CD which 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 writing was making a difference in their lives. And what was most amazing to me was how I was feeling about myself and how I was healing, too.
On the two-year anniversary of the website, Kirk created a whole new and updated look to celebrate the end of the surgeries and follow-up doctor appointments. I felt like I was beginning a whole new life and, indeed, I was. I continued to receive daily support and help with everything related to the website and social media from Kirk. I made some awesome new friends who have impacted my life in ways that I could never have imagined and I got to do what I loved to do and that was to write.
So, for my thinking, this reward 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 about what I was experiencing and feeling and that 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.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.