Sunday, January 25, 2009

Stepping out of the Shadows

Welcome to my blog! I've been thinking about doing the blogging thing for a long time, but I never really had a focus for it. It seemed a bit narcissistic just to ramble on about my worldview, and I realized that if I didn't have a purpose for it, it would just become a boring diary. And who wants to read that? But I ran across the sunlight and shadow quote from Emerson the other day, and it immediately hit home for me. I figured I better save that blog name right away. (It is amazing how many good blog names are taken! If I hadn't acted fast, I probably would have had to settle for "Standing in the Non-Darkness" or something.) So, here I am, jumping right in.

Most anybody reading this probably already knows my recent story, but for those of you who don't, I am a breast cancer survivor (stage III cancer, diagnosed in June 2007.) I did the whole mastectomy, chemo and radiation thing, and I've got one real breast left, and one fairly reasonable facsimile. It wouldn't fool anybody on close inspection, but on a cloudy day from a distance, you'd probably never notice the difference. I learned a heck of a lot about myself, about health and nutrition, and about the mind-body connection during this journey. I learned that I couldn't control everything, but I could control what I put in my body, on my body, and my attitude. I learned to turn my face away from the shadow of cancer to the sunshine of life that was there all along.

My mother-in-law is now facing lung cancer, and I hope that I can help her step out of the shadows. I guess that's what this blog is going to be all about; the things I do that make me feel good. Maybe they'll make you feel good too.

For starters, I can't help but smile looking at the picture of these two little cousins, in their matching pjs, having way too much fun to sleep.

1 comment:

  1. Rich Johnson said he tried to post a comment, but it wouldn't post so he asked me to send it to you. Here it is: I was sorry to learn of DeAnn's mother-in-law having lung cancer. I visited her new blog and dictated a message that I was pleased about it (blog) since she has been such an inspiration to so many people this past year. As I did during the early part of her CaringBridge website, I explained how I knew you and Gerry and wished her well. However, when I was ready to submit my message I ran into a snag because I do not have any kind of an account regarding blogs. When exiting her blog, I lost my message. I thought about starting a Google account, but I am ignorant as to what that might entail. I'm concerned that I may get all kinds of unwanted messages? Perhaps you could include this message with an e-mail to DeAnn to let her know I heartily support her desire to be an encouragement to others through this blog.